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cramp

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noun \ˈkramp\

Definition of cramp

  1. 1 :  a painful involuntary spasmodic contraction of a muscle

  2. 2 :  a temporary paralysis of muscles from overuse — compare writer's cramp

  3. 3 a :  sharp abdominal pain —usually used in plural b :  persistent and often intense though dull lower abdominal pain associated with dysmenorrhea —usually used in plural

crampy play \ˈkram-pē\ adjective


Origin of cramp

Middle English crampe, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch crampe; akin to Old High German krampf bent


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with cramp


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cramp

noun

Definition of cramp

  1. 1 a :  a usually iron device bent at the ends and used to hold timbers or blocks of stone together b :  clamp

  2. 2 a :  something that confines :  shackle b :  the state of being confined



Origin of cramp

Middle English crampe, from Middle Dutch


First Known Use: 15th century


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cramp

verb

Simple Definition of cramp

  • : to cause (a part of the body) to feel pain because of tight muscles : to cause a cramp in (your hand, foot, etc.)

  • : to have a sudden painful tightening of muscles : to experience a cramp or cramps

  • : to prevent (something) from developing or growing freely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cramp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to affect with or as if with a cramp or cramps

  3. 2 a :  confine, restrain <was cramped in the tiny apartment> b :  to restrain from free expression —used especially in the phrase cramp one's style

  4. 3 :  to fasten or hold with a cramp

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to be affected with cramps

Examples of cramp in a sentence

  1. Writing for such a long time may cramp your hand.

  2. His leg was cramping so badly he could hardly move it.

  3. The new regulations may cramp the company's financial growth.



15th Century

First Known Use of cramp

15th century


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cramp

adjective

Definition of cramp

  1. 1 :  hard to understand or figure out <cramp law terms> <cramp handwriting>

  2. 2 :  being cramped <a cramp corner>



1674

First Known Use of cramp

1674


CRAMP Defined for Kids

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cramp

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noun \ˈkramp\

Definition of cramp for Students

  1. 1 :  a sudden painful tightening of a muscle

  2. 2 :  sharp pain in the abdomen —usually used in pl.




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cramp

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verb

Definition of cramp for Students

crampedcramping

  1. 1 :  to cause or experience a sudden painful muscular tightening in <My hand was cramping from all the writing.>

  2. 2 :  to hold back from free action or expression :  hamper <We were cramped by all the rules.>





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