[ kramp ]
/ kræmp /


verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. crambo,
  2. cramer's rule,
  3. crammed,
  4. crammer,
  5. cramoisy,
  6. cramp ball,
  7. cramp iron,
  8. cramp someone's style,
  9. cramped,
  10. cramper


    cramp one's style, Informal. to prevent one from showing one's best abilities.

Origin of cramp

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

Related formscramp·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cramper


/ (ˈkræmpə) /


curling a spiked metal plate used as a brace for the feet in throwing the stone


/ (kræmp) /


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

Word Origin for cramp

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


/ (kræmp) /


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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Word Origin and History for cramper
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Medicine definitions for cramper


[ krămp ]


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.

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