verb (used with object)


Nearby words

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


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

Origin of crimp

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

Related formscrimp·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for put a crimp in



verb (tr)

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
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




(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

C17: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for put a crimp in
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