- to press into small regular folds; make wavy.
- to curl (hair), especially with the use of a curling iron.
- to press or draw together, as the ends of something.
- to check, restrain, or inhibit; hinder: Production was crimped by a shortage of workers.
- to pinch and press down the edges of (a pie crust), especially to seal together the top and bottom layers of pastry.
- to gash (the flesh of a live fish or of one just killed) with a knife to make more crisp when cooked.
- to produce a corrugated surface in; corrugate, as sheet metal, cardboard, etc.
- to bend (leather) into shape.
- to bend the edges of (skelp) before forming into a tube.
- to fold the edges of (sheet metal) to make a lock seam.
- the act of crimping.
- a crimped condition or form.
- Usually crimps. waves or curls, especially in hair that has been crimped or that displays a crimped pattern.
- the waviness of wool fibers as naturally grown on sheep.
- the waviness imparted to natural or synthetic fibers by weaving, knitting, plaiting, or other processes.
- a crease formed in sheet metal or plate metal to make the material less flexible or for fastening purposes.
- put a crimp in, to interfere with; hinder: His broken leg put a crimp in their vacation plans.
Origin of crimp1
- to fold or press into ridges
- to fold and pinch together (something, such as the edges of two pieces of metal)
- to curl or wave (the hair) tightly, esp with curling tongs
- to decorate (the edge of pastry) by pinching with the fingers to give a fluted effect
- to gash (fish or meat) with a knife to make the flesh firmer and crisper when cooked
- to bend or mould (leather) into shape, as for shoes
- metallurgy to bend the edges of (a metal plate) before forming into a cylinder
- informal, mainly US to hinder
- the act or result of folding or pressing together or into ridges
- a tight wave or curl in the hair
- a crease or fold in a metal sheet
- the natural wave of wool fibres
- (formerly) a person who swindled or pressganged men into naval or military service
- to recruit by coercion or under false pretences
Word Origin and History for put a crimp in
1630s; Old English had gecrympan "to crimp, curl," but the modern word probably is from Middle Dutch or Low German crimpen/krimpen "to shrink, crimp." Related: Crimped; crimping.
1863, from crimp (v.). Originally "natural curl in wool fiber." To put a crimp in (something) is 1896, U.S. slang.