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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Crock
The loose black particles collected from combustion, as on pots and kettles, or in a chimney; soot; smut; also, coloring matter which rubs off from cloth.

Etymology: Cf. W. croeg cover, Scot. crochit covered

noun Crock
A low stool.
noun Crock
Any piece of crockery, especially of coarse earthenware; an earthen pot or pitcher.

Etymology: AS. croc croca crog croh; akin to D. kruik, G. krug, Icel. krukka, Dan. krukke, Sw. kruka; but cf. W. crwc bucket, pail, crochan pot, cregen earthen vessel, jar. Cf. Cruet

noun Crock
  1. a person who is worn out with age or illness.
  2. an old person who complains frequently about illness, especially imaginary ailments.
noun crock
nonsense; balderdash; humbug; -- usually used in the phrase a crock.
verb Crock
To soil by contact, as with soot, or with the coloring matter of badly dyed cloth.
verb Crock
To give off crock or smut.
verb Crock
To lay up in a crock; as, to crock butter.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An earthen jar (made of baked clay)
  2. Nonsense; foolish talk ("that's a crock")
  3. A black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
  4. Soil with or as with crock
  5. Release color when rubbed, of badly dyed fabric

From Middle English crokke, from Old English crocc, crocca (“crock, pot, vessel”), from Proto-Germanic *krukkō, *krukkô (“vessel”), from Proto-Indo-European *growg- (“vessel”). Cognate with Dutch kruik (“jar, jug”), regional German Kruke (“crock”), Danish krukke (“jar”), Icelandic krukka (“pot, jar”), Old English crōg, crōh (“crock, pitcher, vessel”). See also cruse.

  1. A stoneware or earthenware jar or storage container.
  2. A piece of broken pottery, a shard.
  3. (Britain) A person who is physically limited by age, illness or injury.
    old ’ home
    home for the aged
  4. (Britain) An old or broken-down vehicle (and formerly a horse).
    old crocks race
    veteran car rally
  5. (slang, countable and uncountable) Silly talk, a foolish belief, a poor excuse, nonsense.
    That's a bunch of .
    The story is a .
  6. A low stool.

Compare Welsh croeg (“cover”), Scots crochit (“covered”).

  1. The loose black particles collected from combustion, as on pots and kettles, or in a chimney; soot; smut.
  2. Colouring matter that rubs off from cloth.

    crock was also found in the following language(s): Scots

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Crock U.S.
      White 96.59% 64.26%
      African American 1.44% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.66% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.79% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Crock

    • How Popular is the name Crock? As a last name Crock was the 30,570th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Crock first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Crock is Sunday, October 5th, 1913.
    • How unique is the name Crock? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Crock. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Crock: Your name in reverse order is Kcorc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ckorc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Crock? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 763 people with the last name Crock.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Crock? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Crock as their last name since less than 1 person in 385k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.