- affected with a cramp in a muscle or muscles.
Origin of cramped1
- confined or severely limited in space: cramped closets.
- (of handwriting) with characters written small and crowded together.
- (of a style of writing) hard to understand; crabbed.
Origin of cramped2
- Often cramps.
- a sudden, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, especially of the extremities, sometimes with severe pain.
- a piercing pain in the abdomen.
- an intermittent, painful contraction of structures of a wall containing involuntary muscle, as in biliary colic or in the uterine contractions of menstruation or of labor.
- writer's cramp.
- to affect with or as if with a cramp.
Origin of cramp1
- cramp iron.
- a portable frame or tool with a movable part that can be screwed up to hold things together; clamp.
- anything that confines or restrains.
- a cramped state or part.
- to fasten or hold with a cramp.
- to confine narrowly; restrict; restrain; hamper.
- to turn (the front wheels of a motor vehicle) by means of the steering gear; steer.
- cramp one's style, Informal. to prevent one from showing one's best abilities.
Origin of cramp2
Examples from the Web for cramped
We were exposing the people of Bettiah to the unprotected dimensions of their cramped lives.The Real India Revealed
August 6, 2014
Pro-Sisi residents in the cramped, narrow streets are welcoming as long as only their perspective is being heard.Egypt’s Ugly, Unconvincing Elections
May 27, 2014
Her sister, Magda, is quarantined after catching tuberculosis aboard their cramped vessel, and her aunt is nowhere to be found.Marion Cotillard on Playing a Prostitute in ‘The Immigrant’ and Seducing America
May 17, 2014
But while Paul may broaden his rhetoric, his outreach is cramped.Who to Blame for Donald Sterling and Cliven Bundy
April 30, 2014
In her cramped kitchen she mashed pork fat with oatmeal and sculpted a loaf, which she fried up in patties.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
Pity of a lad o' spirit like me to be cramped by such a hunx of a father.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The cords hurt his hands somewhat, and his legs were cramped.Frank Roscoe's Secret
After his own cramped quarters, Malone's room proved delightful.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
They do not feel it cramped as we should; it is their custom.Things as They Are
Sometimes I think this place is too narrer and cramped for me.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
- closed in; restricted
- (esp of handwriting) small and irregular; difficult to read
- a painful involuntary contraction of a muscle, typically caused by overexertion, heat, or chill
- temporary partial paralysis of a muscle groupwriter's cramp
- (usually plural in the US and Canada) severe abdominal pain
- (tr) to affect with or as if with a cramp
- Also called: cramp iron a strip of metal with its ends bent at right angles, used to bind masonry
- a device for holding pieces of wood while they are glued; clamp
- something that confines or restricts
- a confined state or position
- to secure or hold with a cramp
- to confine, hamper, or restrict
- cramp someone's style informal to prevent a person from using his abilities or acting freely and confidently
Word Origin and History for cramped
"muscle contraction," late 14c., from Old French crampe, from a Frankish or other Germanic word (cf. Old High German krapmhe "cramp, spasm," related to kramph "bent, crooked"), from a Proto-Germanic root forming many words for "bent, crooked," including, via French, crampon. Writer's cramp is first attested 1842 as the name of a physical affliction of the hand, in reference to translations of German medical papers (Stromeyer); also known as scrivener's palsy.
"metal bar bent at both ends," early 15c., from Middle Dutch crampe or Middle Low German krampe, both from the same Proto-Germanic root that yielded cramp (n.1). Metaphoric sense of "something that confines or hinders" first recorded 1719.
"to contract" (of muscles), early 15c., from cramp (n.1). Related: Cramped; cramping.
c.1400, "to bend or twist," from cramp (n.2). Later "compress forcibly" (1550s), and, figuratively, "to restrict" (1620s). Related: Cramped; cramping.
- A sudden, involuntary, spasmodic muscular contraction causing severe pain, often occurring in the leg or shoulder as the result of strain or chill.
- A temporary partial paralysis of habitually or excessively used muscles.
- cramps Spasmodic contractions of the uterus, such as those occurring during menstruation or labor, usually causing pain in the abdomen that may radiate to the lower back and thighs.
- To affect with or experience a cramp or cramps.