verb (1)
\ ˈkrimp How to pronounce crimp (audio) \
crimped; crimping; crimps

Definition of crimp

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to become wavy, bent, or pinched: such as
a : to form (leather) into a desired shape
b : to give (synthetic fibers) a curl or wave like that of natural fibers
c : to pinch or press together (something, such as the margins of a pie crust) in order to seal
2 : to be an inhibiting or restraining influence on : cramp sales had been crimped by credit controlsTime


noun (1)

Definition of crimp (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : something produced by or as if by crimping: such as
a : a section of hair artificially waved or curled
b : a succession of waves (as in wool fiber)
c : a bend or crease formed in something
2 : something that cramps or inhibits : restraint, curb


noun (2)

Definition of crimp (Entry 3 of 4)

: a person who entraps or forces men into shipping as sailors or into enlisting in an army or navy


verb (2)
crimped; crimping; crimps

Definition of crimp (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

: to trap into military or sea service : impress

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Other Words from crimp

Verb (1)

crimper \ ˈkrim-​pər How to pronounce crimp (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for crimp

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of crimp

Verb (1)

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1718, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crimp

Verb (1)

Dutch or Low German krimpen to shrivel; akin to Middle Dutch crampe hook, cramp

Noun (2)

perhaps from crimp entry 1

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“Crimp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈkrimp How to pronounce crimp (audio) \
crimped; crimping

Kids Definition of crimp

: to make wavy or bent She crimped her hair.

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