Kaput Definition

kəpyo͝ot, kəpo͝ot
Ruined, destroyed, defeated, etc.
The toaster is kaput.
Webster's New World

(slang) Out of order; not working; broken.

My car is kaput.
His career is kaput.
Her marriage is kaput.

Origin of Kaput

  • German kaputt from French capot not having won a single trick at piquet perhaps from French dialectal caper to look at on the sly, knit the brows from French cape cape (as in sous cape on the sly, secretly (literally, under the cape)) from Provençal capa from Late Latin cappa

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German kaputt, though more often rendered kaput in English; via Yiddish קאַפּוט (kaput, “lost, dead”). The same word has also been borrowed by many other languages, with approximately the same meaning.

    From Wiktionary

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