- a sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.
- to give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
Origin of crick1
- Francis Harry Compton,1916–2004, English biophysicist: Nobel Prize in Medicine 1962.
Examples from the Web for crick
Contemporary Examples of crick
Crick also questioned the authenticity of another piece, “A Hanging.”Orwell’s Lies: His Diaries Reveal Problems with the Truth
August 19, 2012
Historical Examples of crick
"Come down to the crick with me after tea, and I'll explain," said Will.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
Mr. Moss was disentangling the crick in his back for the last time that day.The Law-Breakers
Sounds like somebody slappin' the crick with a fishin'-pole.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
I disremember just how fur that last stop is from the Crick, but I think it's betwixt 25 and 30 mile.Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)
There was a crick in his neck, but he decided he could stand it.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
- a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
- (tr) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)
Word Origin for crick
- US and Canadian a dialect word for creek (def. 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
early 15c., of uncertain origin; OED says "probably onomatopœic."
- A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.
- To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.
- 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.
- 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.