Pronunciation Noun


  1. A painful contraction of a muscle which cannot be controlled.
    • The cramp, divers nights, gripeth him in his legs.
  2. That which confines or contracts; a restraint; a shackle; a hindrance.
    • A narrow fortune is a cramp to a great mind.
    • crippling his pleasures with the cramp of fear
  3. A clamp for carpentry or masonry.
  4. 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.
Translations Translations Verb

cramp (cramps, present participle cramping; past and past participle cramped)

  1. (intransitive) (of a muscle) To contract painfully and uncontrollably.
  2. (transitive) To affect with cramps or spasms.
    • 1936, Heinrich Hauser, Once Your Enemy (translated from the German by Norman Gullick)
      The collar of the tunic scratched my neck, the steel helmet made my head ache, and the puttees cramped my leg muscles.
  3. (transitive, figurative) To prohibit movement or expression of.
    You're cramping my style.
    • The mind may be as much cramped by too much knowledge as by ignorance.
  4. (transitive) To restrain to a specific physical position, as if with a cramp.
    You're going to need to cramp the wheels on this hill.
    • when the gout cramps my joints
  5. To fasten or hold with, or as if with, a cramp iron.
  6. (by extension) To bind together; to unite.
    • The […] fabric of universal justice is well cramped and bolted together in all its parts.
  7. To form on a cramp.
    to cramp boot legs
Translations Translations Translations
  • Italian: limitare
  • Russian: фикси́ровать
  • Spanish: inmovilizar


  1. (archaic) cramped; narrow

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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