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Definition of "cropper" [crop•per]

  • A person who works land in return for a share of the yield; a sharecropper. (noun)
  • A heavy fall; a tumble. (noun)
  • A disastrous failure; a fiasco. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cropper" in a sentence
  • "Thus the cropper was a worker, not an owner; his status was halfway between a kind of serfdom and the autonomy of ownership."
  • "Humor likes to explode pretension, pedantry, dignity, pomposity; we get a feeling of joy whenever those who are superior come a cropper, which is increased when we feel that they have no right to their places."
  • "But it probably doesn't affect anything even remotely, except to boost the morale of the looney Fascists of Hamas, their Euro-wally supporters, et al. But that is not necessarily bad, it may encourage them to get over-confident, over-step "the mark" and come the proverbial "cropper"."