- 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
- a person engaged in enlisting sailors, soldiers, etc., by persuasion, swindling, or coercion.
- to enlist (sailors, soldiers, etc.) by such means.
Origin of crimp2
Related Words for crimpscrew, scrunch, crisp, pleat, undulate, flow, wrinkle, wave, ruck, set, crinkle, swirl, coil, crease, crumple, frizz, rimple, crimple
Examples from the Web for crimp
Contemporary Examples of crimp
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
It might also put a bit of a crimp in the economies of states like New York and Delaware.After the Fiscal Cliff: What do Democrats Want?
January 2, 2013
The lockout may not put a crimp in the day of the typical sports fan.Cancellation of NHL Games Has Negative Economic Impact
December 12, 2012
Hydraulic fracking is helping put a crimp on Russian Oligarchs, extending even to the Kremlin.Hydraulic Fracking's Putting the Screws to Vladimir and Friends
September 28, 2012
Mining companies argue that the tax will crimp investment in a vital sector of the economy.Gina Rinehart, One of World’s Richest Women, Embroiled in a Family Feud
February 8, 2012
Historical Examples of crimp
Close and crimp the edges nicely, and fry the rissoles in butter.
Prick them with a fork, and crimp or scollop the edges neatly.
A crimp had carried this chap on board, dumped him, got his ten dollars and left.The Harbor
That may put a crimp in their plans, check the invasion up above.Two Thousand Miles Below
Charles Willard Diffin
It was made by Crimp, of Nassau Street, and box and all cost four pound twelve.'Lord Kilgobbin
- 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
Word Origin for crimp
- (formerly) a person who swindled or pressganged men into naval or military service
- to recruit by coercion or under false pretences
Word Origin for crimp
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.