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[krik] /krɪk/
a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.
verb (used with object)
to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
Origin of crick1
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English crikke, perhaps akin to crick2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cricked
Historical Examples
  • Then she might have flown at such like sympathizers with a poker, or got them down and cricked their joints by Ju-jutsu.

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • I rose from my knees with a cricked back, but I had my Purple Spot neatly balanced on a really creditable mound.

  • And the hunter came and craned his neck till it was cricked, but nothing he saw to shoot at.

    Bannertail Ernest Thompson Seton
  • There were red-winged grasshoppers and great green-gray locust-looking crickets which whistled and "cricked" all night.

    At Suvla Bay John Hargrave
British Dictionary definitions for cricked


a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
(transitive) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin


(US & Canadian) a dialect word for creek (sense 2)


Francis Harry Compton. 1916–2004, English molecular biologist: helped to discover the helical structure of DNA; Nobel prize for physiology or medicine shared with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins 1962
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Word Origin and History for cricked



early 15c., of uncertain origin; OED says "probably onomatopœic."

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cricked in Medicine

crick (krĭk)
A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck. v. cricked, crick·ing, cricks
To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.

Crick (krĭk), Francis Henry Compton. Born 1916.

British biologist who with James D. Watson proposed a spiral model, the double helix, for the molecular structure of DNA. He shared a 1962 Nobel Prize for advances in the study of genetics.

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cricked in Science
British biologist who with James D. Watson identified the structure of DNA in 1953. By analyzing the patterns cast by x-rays striking DNA molecules, they found that DNA has the structure of a double helix, consisting of two spirals linked together at the base, forming ladderlike rungs. For this work they shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine with Maurice Wilkins.
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