Meaning of CRIMP in English

I. ˈkrimp verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Dutch or Low German krimpen to shrink, shrivel; akin to Old Norse kreppa to clench — more at cramp

intransitive verb

: to acquire, assume, or exhibit a creased or wavy appearance : wrinkle

hair that crimps easily

transitive verb

1. : to cause to become wavy, crinkled, bent, or warped

lumber crimped by exposure to weather


a. : to wave or curl (hair) usually with a hot iron

b. : to cause the muscles of (a fresh fish) to contract by gashing or slashing ; also : gash , cut

c. : to fix (cloth) in small pleats or folds

d. : to form (leather) into a desired shape (as in making boot uppers or saddles)

e. : to give (synthetic fibers) a curl like that of natural fibers

f. : to draw or pinch in or together in glass manufacturing to form a neck, produce fluting, or set off a base (as in the making of a vase)

g. : to roll or curl the edge of (as a steel panel)

h. : corrugate

crimping sheet iron

2. : to close, unite, or make continuous by crimping, pinching together, or folding: as

a. : to fold inward (as the edge of a tin can or a shotgun shell) to retain a head or other cover

b. : to pinch or press together (as the margins of a pie crust) in order to seal

3. : to press in in order to contract (as the end of a pipe)

4. : to put a crimp in : cramp , inhibit

crimping sales by credit controls

stern knights crimped by their armor

II. noun

( -s )

1. : something produced by or as if by crimping: as

a. : a section of hair artificially waved or curled — usually used in plural

her head covered with crimps

b. : the succession of waves in wool fiber

a fine crimp is typical of the best wools

also : induced waviness of a synthetic fiber (as nylon)

c. : disordering of fibers in wood (as by too rapid drying)

d. : cramp II 1c

e. : the fold formed by crimping especially on a can or cartridge

f. : an offset in a structural steel member (as a web stiffener) that adapts it to fit over another member

g. : a slight bend or crease put in a playing card in order to identify it

2. : an interfering element : something that cramps or inhibits : obstacle , curb — used chiefly in the phrase put a crimp in

strikes last year put a serious crimp in production — Time

III. adjective

Etymology: perhaps from Low German krimp crooked, shrunken; akin to Low German & Dutch krimpen to shrink, shrivel

1. archaic : easily crumbled : friable

2. : crimped , crinkled

• crimp·ness noun -es

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Dutch or Low German krimp, perhaps from krimpen to shrink, shrivel

: an old game of cards

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps from crimp (I)

: a person who entraps or forces men into shipping as sailors or enlisting in any army or navy against their will or while insensible — compare press gang

VI. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to trap into military or sea service : impress

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