- The definition of a cramp is a very painful and unexpected muscle contraction, or a device used for holding two or more things together.
- An example of a cramp is the pain that many women feel while menstruating.
- An example of a cramp is a clamp that holds two pieces of wood to be attached to each other.
- Cramp is defined as to experience a sudden painful muscle contraction, or to fasten two of more things together.
- An example of cramp is getting a terrible pain in your calf while running a marathon.
- An example of cramp is holding two things together with a clamp.
- a sudden, painful, involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles from chill, strain, etc.
- partial local paralysis, as from excessive use of muscles
- [usually pl.] abdominal or uterine spasms and pain
Origin of crampMiddle English crampe from OFr, bent, twisted from Frankish an unverified form kramp; akin to Middle Dutch and Middle Low German krampe: for Indo-European base see cradle
- a metal bar bent to form a right angle at each end, for holding together blocks of stone, timbers, etc.also called cramp iron
- a device for clasping or fastening things together; a clamp
- anything that confines or hampers
- a cramped condition or part
Origin of crampMiddle Dutch krampe, literally , bent in, hence anything bent in; akin to cramp
- to fasten with or as with a cramp
- to confine; hamper; restrain
- to turn (the front wheels of an automobile, etc.) sharply
cramp someone's style
- An involuntary, spasmodic muscle contraction causing severe pain.
- A temporary partial paralysis of habitually or excessively used muscles.
- cramps Spasmodic contractions of the uterus, such as those occurring during menstruation or labor, usually causing pain in the abdomen that may radiate to the lower back and thighs.
verbcramped, cramp·ing, cramps
Origin of crampMiddle English crampe from Old French of Germanic origin
- A frame with an adjustable part to hold pieces together; a clamp.
- A cramp iron.
- A compressing or restraining force, influence, or thing.
- A confined position or part.
transitive verbcramped, cramp·ing, cramps
- To hold together with a cramp.
- To shut in so closely as to restrict the physical freedom of: were cramped in the tiny cubicle.
- a. To steer (the wheels of a vehicle) to make a turn.b. To jam (a wheel) by a short turn.
Origin of crampMiddle English crampe probably from Middle Dutch hook, cramp Adj., probably akin to Icelandic krappr constrained, tight and Old High German cramf squeezed
- A painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled.
- That which confines or contracts; a restraint; a shackle; a hindrance.
- A clamp for carpentry or masonry.
- A piece of wood having a curve corresponding to that of the upper part of the instep, on which the upper leather of a boot is stretched to give it the requisite shape.
(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”).