writer's cramp

noun

: a painful spasmodic contraction of muscles of the hand or fingers brought on by excessive writing

Examples of writer's cramp in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of writer's cramp was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Writer's cramp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writer%27s%20cramp. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

writer's cramp

noun
: a painful contraction of the muscles of the hand or fingers brought on by too much use in writing

Medical Definition

writer's cramp

noun
: a painful spasmodic cramp of muscles of the hand or fingers brought on by excessive writing

called also graphospasm

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