crimp

1
[ krimp ]
/ krɪmp /

verb (used with object)

noun

Idioms

    put a crimp in, to interfere with; hinder: His broken leg put a crimp in their vacation plans.

Origin of crimp

1
1350–1400; Middle English crympen, Old English gecrympan to curl, derivative of crump crooked

Related forms

crimp·er, noun

Definition for crimp (2 of 2)

crimp

2
[ krimp ]
/ krɪmp /

noun

a person engaged in enlisting sailors, soldiers, etc., by persuasion, swindling, or coercion.

verb (used with object)

to enlist (sailors, soldiers, etc.) by such means.

Origin of crimp

2
First recorded in 1630–40; special use of crimp1
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British Dictionary definitions for crimp (1 of 2)

crimp

1
/ (krɪmp) /

verb (tr)


noun

Derived Forms

crimper, nouncrimpy, adjective

Word Origin for crimp

Old English crympan; related to crump bent, Old Norse kreppa to contract, Old High German crumpf, Old Swedish crumb crooked; see cramp 1

British Dictionary definitions for crimp (2 of 2)

crimp

2
/ (krɪmp) /

noun

(formerly) a person who swindled or pressganged men into naval or military service

verb

to recruit by coercion or under false pretences

Word Origin for crimp

C17: of unknown origin
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