Cramp - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kræmp|  American pronunciation of the word cramp
Brit.  |kramp|  British pronunciation of the word cramp


- a painful and involuntary muscular contraction (syn: spasm)
- a clamp for holding pieces of wood together while they are glued
- a strip of metal with ends bent at right angles; used to hold masonry together


- secure with a cramp
- prevent the progress or free movement of (syn: halter, hamper, strangle)
- affect with or as if with a cramp
- suffer from sudden painful contraction of a muscle


Writing for such a long time may cramp your hand.

His leg was cramping so badly he could hardly move it.

The new regulations may cramp the company's financial growth.

Several players were suffering from cramp.

One of the swimmers got cramp and had to drop out of the race.

Stricter anti-pollution laws may cramp economic growth.

He cramped in the last 200 metres of the race.

Sitting still for so long had cramped her muscles.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cramp
he/she/it: cramps
present participle: cramping
past tense: cramped
past participle: cramped
singular: cramp
plural: cramps
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