Meaning of cack in English:


Pronunciation /kak/


mass noun informal British
  • 1Excrement; dung.

    • ‘cow cack’
    • ‘As we ascended the rusted metal ladder up into a series of passageways called The Warren we began to look like real cavers - wet, muddy and generally covered in cack.’
    • ‘I'm knackered and have to get some kip, but let me take you up on one (relatively insubstantial) point - the landscape could be improved immeasurably by ridding it of farmers, unless de-forestation, polluted rivers, shoddy-looking barns made out of breeze-blocks and rusty corrugated iron, and otherwise pleasant country roads covered in years-worth of crusted cow cack are your thing...’
    • ‘If the fins in the rads are damaged, bent over, rotted away, full of dead flies or cow cack, the cooling system will suffer.’
    • ‘Standing in the queue to be served wondering why every one was keeping their distance, I realised my trousers were caked in cow cack which I had been spreading all day!’
    1. 1.1Rubbish.
      ‘they talk such a load of cack’
      • ‘Maybe that was true in the late 1980's - but by the early 1990's the mood had changed with war, depression, recession and an endless stream of manufactured cack on the ever expanding network.’
      • ‘He held the expression for a couple of seconds until all the familiar bile welled up and he spat furiously: ‘Because variety was cack, that's why!’’
      • ‘There was only one thing to do: I spent the remainder of the conference filling a notebook with this cack for future generations to enjoy, and hope to use it myself in future meetings.’
      • ‘‘No’ was the blunt response, before lurching into some cack about how he wasn't prepared to write newspaper headlines.’
      • ‘Thing is, I thought the book was excellent, and I know I'm going to be really irritated and/or disappointed if the film is cack.’
      • ‘Original television it may be, but it's also pure cack.’
      • ‘Never bother with an automatic gearbox either, they're all cack.’
      • ‘Usually when a film is announced, you have a pretty good idea about whether the film is going to be brilliant or cack.’
      • ‘I'm sure that for aficionados, it will be a rare insight into the life, but for the less avid cinemagoer, who has seen only a fraction of the work, it is a stunningly tedious, incomprehensible, pretentious pile of cack.’
      • ‘I have to type this with one hand because in the other is my son, his blue-grey-green-brown eyes covered with gluey sleep cack, his chiseled jaw riddled with baby acne.’
      • ‘You know, here they have this policy where TV stations are required to show a set quota of ‘home made’ Aussie programming, hence less of your cack.’
      • ‘Oh well, there is cack there I must delete anyway, to make space for the new.’
      • ‘We came away with two silvers and two bronzes, which is cack.’
      • ‘I'm in an empty garage - I'm cleaning it out - it's about time, it's amazing what cack you keep in your garage, some of which I'm ashamed of.’
      • ‘Then again, in amongst all the cack, there have been absolute wonders I have discovered either through recommendation, reading, curiosity or sheer chance.’
      • ‘My fervent hope is that there is no new series - I couldn't stand another 22 odd episodes of that cack again.’
      • ‘Imagine wasting half your lifetime watching that cack.’
      nonsense, balderdash, gibberish, claptrap, blarney, blather, blether, moonshine


[with object] informal British
  • Defecate in (one's clothes).

    • ‘All of them are doing the same - everyone's cacking themselves after his downfall, although no-one's sorry to see him go.’
    • ‘And it turns out he's just a big sissy bleating for his ma while on the very cusp of cacking his pants.’
    • ‘It seems like one minute you are on the ground standing in sheep pooh, then the next minute you are 40 foot off the ground clinging onto some rock face cacking yourself because you haven't been able to insert any protection.’
    • ‘Everyone (and I must say the average age was on the lower end of the scale) including me, cacked themselves from start to finish.’
    • ‘Apparently it causes distress to the animal, which strikes me as blindingly obvious because I too would personally cack myself if dropped into a lions enclosure.’
    • ‘And the only real way of pulling it off is by making it a comedy and basically making the audience cack themselves constantly for an hour and a half.’
    • ‘You'll cack yourself when, after each tale of woe, he turns to the camera with a quizzical face and asks, What the?’
    • ‘Lucy shrieked, then started to cack herself laughing.’
    • ‘I'm 28 in a month's time and I've dedicated a better part of the day to looking for pics of this dude so I can cack myself stupid - and I'm not even stoned!’
    • ‘When even one leaky boat load is too many, imagine how he will cack his dacks when he learns about an extra 50,000 refugees heading this way!’


Old English (as cac- in cachūs ‘privy’); the verb dates from late Middle English and is related to Middle Dutch cacken; based on Latin cacare ‘defecate’.