- either of a pair of iron hooks for raising heavy weights
- either of a pair of spiked iron plates fastened on shoes to prevent slipping
Origin of cramponFrench ; from Frankish an unverified form krampo, iron hook; akin to cramp
- A hinged pair of curved iron bars for raising heavy objects, such as stones or timber.
- A spiked iron or steel framework attached to the bottom of a shoe or boot to prevent slipping when walking or climbing on ice and snow. Also called climbing iron.
Origin of cramponMiddle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.