noun (1)
\ ˈkrik How to pronounce crick (audio) \

Definition of crick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


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


noun (2)
plural cricks

Definition of crick (Entry 3 of 3)

: creek sense 1 I grew up fishing on little cricks with my dad.— C. W. Welch

Synonyms for crick

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of crick in a Sentence

Noun (1) 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 One of my favorite distinctions is when Steve described the difference between calling a particular stream a creek or a crick. Anchorage Daily News, 11 Apr. 2021 Old, lumpy pillows that give you a crick in your neck won't do you any favors when trying to fall asleep. Lauren Corona,, 29 Mar. 2021 If watching from your sofa or bed gives you a crick in your neck? Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 23 Feb. 2021 Yet most of us reach a day when merely sleeping in the wrong position on a pillow that’s too soft or too flat brings on a crick in the neck that sticks around for days. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 10 June 2020 So massage that crick in your neck, put on your blue-light glasses and settle down with these digital offerings. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 18 Apr. 2020 The hunters cruise slowly and look for them out the windows, and get cricks in their necks from it. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, 11 July 2019 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,, 16 Jan. 2018 His neck was stiff, as if there were a crick on both sides. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, 1 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That nagging ache in your lower back, sharp pain in your wrist, or crick in your neck means something. Simon Hill, Wired, 2 Mar. 2022 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, 23 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of crick

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined above


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1608, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crick

Noun (1)

Middle English cryk

Noun (2)

variant of creek, probably by shortening of Middle English crike

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“Crick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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\ ˈkrik How to pronounce crick (audio) \

Medical Definition of crick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


transitive verb

Medical Definition of crick (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause a crick in (as the neck)

Crick biographical name

\ ˈkrik How to pronounce Crick (audio) \

Definition of Crick

Francis Harry Compton 1916–2004 British biophysicist

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