crick

noun
\ˈkrik \

Definition of crick 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: a painful spasmodic condition of muscles (as of the neck or back)

crick

verb
cricked; cricking; cricks

Definition of crick (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cause a crick in crick one's neck

2 : to turn or twist (something, such as one's head) especially into a strained position

Crick

biographical name
\ˈkrik \

Definition of Crick (Entry 3 of 3)

Francis Harry Compton 1916–2004 British biophysicist

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Synonyms for crick

Synonyms: Noun

charley horse, cramp, kink, spasm

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Examples of crick in a Sentence

Noun

got a crick in my neck from sleeping while sitting up

Verb

He cricked his back sleeping on the sofa.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pirates fans got a crick in their necks, from trying to avoid looking at their future, which looks like their past, which was mostly terrible. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: Pirates fire sale bad for baseball," 16 Jan. 2018 His neck was stiff, as if there were a crick on both sides. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Tests Indicated His Infection Was Getting Better. Why Did He Feel Worse?," 1 Feb. 2018 The lobby occupies the old Terminal Station, a Beaux-Arts structure that was built in 1909 and causes neck cricks with its 82-foot-high ceiling dome. Andrea Sachs, chicagotribune.com, "Where to stay, eat and explore in Chattanooga, Tenn.," 25 Sep. 2017 Frolics fireworks are back so that Monday morning crick in your neck will be worth the trouble. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If you're not at a street party this weekend, you're not doing it right.," 13 July 2017 Fighting the resulting symptoms: sore shoulders, a piercing crick in the neck, or worse, jet lag or altitude sickness. Meirav Devash, CNN, "How to beat jet lag with hotel spa treatments," 15 May 2017 The reclined lounges, placed up front, have turned an previously unpopular seating area into prime real estate — and are free from the dreaded neck cricks that traditionally accompany front-row viewing. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "What would it take to get you off your sofa and into a movie theater?," 10 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The gear selector for the standard six-speed manual gearbox also is a mite too far back in the cabin, cricking elbows during shifts into the even-numbered ratios. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Dallara Stradale: A Racing Legend Hits the Road," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crick

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crick

Noun

Middle English cryk

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crick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden pain especially in your neck or back that is caused by tight muscles

crick

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crick (Entry 2 of 2)

: to develop a crick in (your neck or back)

crick

noun
\ˈkrik \

Medical Definition of crick 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a painful spasmodic condition of muscles (as of the neck or back)

Medical Definition of crick (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause a crick in (as the neck)

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