crimp

1
[ krimp ]
/ krɪmp /
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verb (used with object)

noun


RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. criminology,
  2. criminous,
  3. criminy,
  4. crimmer,
  5. crimogenic,
  6. crimple,
  7. crimplene,
  8. crimpy,
  9. crimson,
  10. crimson clover

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 formscrimp·er, noun

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Examples from the Web for crimpers

  • This shall crown Molly's hair freed from the crimpers when the one day of the week, Sunday, comes!

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  • If I dont get the crimpers Ime going to give up looking in the glass.

    Rebecca Mary|Annie Hamilton Donnell


British Dictionary definitions for crimpers

crimp

1
/ (krɪmp) /

verb (tr)

noun

Derived Formscrimper, 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

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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Word Origin and History for crimpers
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