cramped

1
[ krampt ]
/ kræmpt /

adjective

affected with a cramp in a muscle or muscles.

Origin of cramped

1
First recorded in 1670–80; cramp1 + -ed3

Definition for cramped (2 of 4)

cramped

2
[ krampt ]
/ kræmpt /

adjective

confined or severely limited in space: cramped closets.
  1. (of handwriting) with characters written small and crowded together.
  2. (of a style of writing) hard to understand; crabbed.

Origin of cramped

2
First recorded in 1670–80; cramp2 + -ed2

Related forms

cramped·ness, noun

Definition for cramped (3 of 4)

cramp

1
[ kramp ]
/ kræmp /

noun

Often cramps.
  1. a sudden, involuntary, spasmodic contraction of a muscle or group of muscles, especially of the extremities, sometimes with severe pain.
  2. a piercing pain in the abdomen.
  3. 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.

verb (used with object)

to affect with or as if with a cramp.

Origin of cramp

1
1325–75; Middle English crampe < Old French < Germanic; cognate with Middle Dutch crampe, Old Saxon krampo, Old High German krampfo; derivative of adj. meaning narrow, constrained, bent; compare Old High German krampf, Old Norse krappr; akin to crimp1

Definition for cramped (4 of 4)

cramp

2
[ kramp ]
/ kræmp /

noun


verb (used with object)

adjective

Origin of cramp

2
1375–1425; late Middle English crampe < Middle Dutch: hook. See cramp1

Related forms

cramp·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for cramped (1 of 3)

cramped

/ (kræmpt) /

adjective

closed in; restricted
(esp of handwriting) small and irregular; difficult to read

British Dictionary definitions for cramped (2 of 3)

cramp

1
/ (kræmp) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to affect with or as if with a cramp

Word Origin for cramp

C14: from Old French crampe, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German krampho

British Dictionary definitions for cramped (3 of 3)

cramp

2
/ (kræmp) /

noun

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

verb (tr)

Word Origin for cramp

C15: from Middle Dutch crampe cramp, hook, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German khramph bent; see cramp 1
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Medicine definitions for cramped

cramp

[ krămp ]

n.

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.

v.

To affect with or experience a cramp or cramps.
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