noun \ˈkramp\

Definition of CRAMP

:  a painful involuntary spasmodic contraction of a muscle
:  a temporary paralysis of muscles from overuse — compare writer's cramp
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 \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

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Rhymes with CRAMP



Definition of CRAMP

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



: 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

Full Definition of CRAMP

transitive verb
:  to affect with or as if with a cramp or cramps
a :  confine, restrain <was cramped in the tiny apartment>
b :  to restrain from free expression —used especially in the phrase cramp one's style
:  to fasten or hold with a cramp
intransitive verb
:  to be affected with cramps

Examples of CRAMP

  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.

First Known Use of CRAMP

15th century



Definition of CRAMP

:  hard to understand or figure out <cramp law terms> <cramp handwriting>
:  being cramped <a cramp corner>

First Known Use of CRAMP



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Painful, involuntary, sustained contraction of muscle in limbs or some internal organs. Causes may be neurological, reflex, or psychological. Common muscle cramps include swimmer's cramp from overexertion in cold water, heat cramps from loss of salt in sweat, leg cramps, and occupational (e.g., writer's) cramp. Menstrual cramps are uterine muscle contractions before or during menstruation. Cramps occur in diseases including parkinsonism and Huntington chorea. Tetany is severe cramping noticed first in limb muscles.


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