- 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 bend the edges of (skelp) before forming into a tube.
- to fold the edges of (sheet metal) to make a lock seam.
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OTHER WORDS FROM crimpcrimper, noun
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MORE ABOUT CRIMP
What does crimp mean?
Crimp most commonly means to press into small folds or ridges or to make wavy (as can be done to hair), or to pinch together or press down the edges of something (as is done with the edges of pie crust).
Crimp can be used as a verb in many other specific ways that are similar to these general senses. It can also be used as a noun referring to something in the shape of a wave or a small fold, as in corrugated metal or hair that’s been crimped.
Crimp can also mean to hinder or inhibit, especially to make a process less efficient. It can also be used as a noun meaning something that’s a hindrance or impediment, especially in the phrase put a crimp in, as in The driver shortage is really going to put a crimp in our delivery system.
Example: Crimping the edges of the pie crust before you bake it will make it look nice, but more importantly it will prevent juices from the filling from bubbling out.
Where does oeuvre come from?
The first records of crimp in English come from the 1300s. It comes from the Old English gecrympan, meaning “to curl.” This word is derived from crump, meaning “crooked.”
Hair can be curled using a curling iron, but it can be crimped using another type of iron that produces small, angular waves. Hair crimping was particularly popular in the 1980s (but it still looks rad). Pie crust dough is crimped by hand. You use your fingers to pinch a wavy pattern around the edge. A similar crimping technique is used to seal together the two sheets of dough that form a dumpling.
A lot of other things can be crimped. When you put a crimp in a piece of metal, it’s often to make it less flexible or so that two two pieces will hold together. Sometimes, this is done with a special tool called a crimper, a crimping tool, or crimping pliers.
All of these meanings involving pinching and creasing led to a metaphorical sense: to put a crimp in something is to disrupt or restrict it. Road work puts a crimp in your commute. Unemployment puts a crimp in consumer spending.
Crimp is also an old slang term referring to a person who “persuades” (swindles) people into naval or military service. It can also be used as a verb meaning to do so. It has fallen out of use, hopefully because everyone agrees it’s best to keep the crimping to hair and pie crusts.
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What are some other forms related to crimp?
- crimpy (adjective)
- crimped (adjective, past tense verb)
- crimper (noun)
- uncrimped (adjective, verb)
- recrimped (adjective, verb)
What are some synonyms for crimp?
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How is crimp used in real life?
Crimp appears in all kinds of contexts involving folds, ridges, waves, and things being pinched together. It’s especially used in the contexts of hair and pie crust, as well as in the phrase put a crimp in something.
Crimped hair should make a comeback. pic.twitter.com/9dqOTybGqX
— PhantoMantis (@PhantoMantis) May 5, 2020
— Food Network (@FoodNetwork) November 4, 2019
Cole certainly has ace capabilities, but he ranked 53rd among #MLB starters (minimum 250 IP) with a 103 ERA+ over the past two seasons. That might have put a crimp into the packages the #Pirates were offered for him.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) January 14, 2018
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Which of the following words would NOT be used to describe something that’s crimped?
How to use crimp in a sentence
It was already in the midst of an energy crisis before the recent crippling heat wave put a further crimp on supplies.Think the US Fed has a tough job? The ECB’s Lagarde has it worse|Nate DiCamillo|July 21, 2022|Quartz
But, at the same time as BuzzFeed was further building up its commerce business — including by acquiring Complex Networks — its commerce revenue growth slowed in the second half of the year as supply chain challenges put a crimp in the business.Media Briefing: How the media business did — and didn’t — change in 2021|Tim Peterson|December 23, 2021|Digiday
Number two is that immigration constraints have put a crimp on access to labor.Can the Future of Food Be Sustainable in a Rapidly Growing World? Cargill’s CEO Says They’re Investing in It|Eben Shapiro|August 15, 2021|Time
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.
That would put a real crimp in the dating seminars of a man who actively encourages abusive behavior toward women.
It might also put a bit of a crimp in the economies of states like New York and Delaware.
The lockout may not put a crimp in the day of the typical sports fan.Cancellation of NHL Games Has Negative Economic Impact|Miranda Green|December 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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|Justin Green|September 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Whether or not Black Hood's unexpected appearance at that meeting had put a crimp in those plans, he did not know.
On this particular summer afternoon Cove City was less out of crimp than usual.Mr. Opp|Alice Hegan Rice
Ruth was always keyed up about something—delighted, and Cy was always "putting a crimp" in things.Fidelity|Susan Glaspell
Some of the men thought we ought to be vindictive and take every opportunity to put a crimp in the business for the owners.The Iron Puddler|James J. Davis
They say he give a screech that'd put a crimp in the devil himself, and went galloping off, jumping about twenty feet at a lick.The Happy Family|Bertha Muzzy Bower