(third-person singular simple present cramps, present participle cramping, simple past and past participle cramped)
- (intransitive) (of a muscle) To contract painfully and uncontrollably.
- To prohibit movement or expression.
- You're cramping my style.
- To restrain to a specific physical position, as if with a cramp.
- You're going to need to cramp the wheels on this hill.
- To fasten or hold with, or as if with, a cramp.
- (by extension) To bind together; to unite.
- To form on a cramp.
- to cramp boot legs
From Middle English crampe, from Old French crampe, cranpe (“cramp”), from Old Frankish *krampa (“cramp”), from Proto-Germanic *krampō (“cramp, clasp”), from Proto-Indo-European *grem- (“to unite; lap, pile, heap”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to unite, collect, forgather”). Cognate with Dutch kramp (“cramp”), German Low German Kramp (“cramp”), German Krampe and Krampf (“cramp”), Swedish kramp (“cramp”), Icelandic krampa (“cramp”).