General English


  • The skin of a pork, bacon or ham joint which has been scored to 3 or 4 mm with a sharp knife in strips or a diamond pattern prior to roasting and which becomes crisp and golden brown if basted with water; it is served as an accompaniment to the roast


  • noun an attractive female, or women in general seen as sex objects. This male expression was particularly popular in the 1950s and early 1960s, usually in the phrase ‘a bit of crackling’. It derives from the idea of pork crackling being a ‘tasty morsel’, perhaps reinforced by the vulgar sense of crack.


  • used to describe wine that is very slightly sparkling.