Definition of cramped in English:

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Pronunciation: /kram(p)t/


1Feeling or causing someone to feel uncomfortably confined or hemmed in by lack of space: the staff had to work in cramped conditions
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  • The centre is cramped for space, but we will make do.
  • "It's too cramped on the sidewalk anyway, " he complained.
  • She couldn't bear moving from one place to place… tents were much too cramped.
confined, uncomfortable, restricted, constricted, small, tiny, narrow;
crowded, packed, congested
archaic strait
1.1Restricting or inhibiting the development of someone or something: he felt cramped in a large organization
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  • Black risks taking on a cramped position with backward development in order to test both players' positional abilities.
1.2(Of handwriting) small and difficult to read.
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  • I mumble, trying to read Ian Anwar's cramped handwriting.
  • I heard the front door and looked up from the papers spread out on the desk, my cramped handwriting covering just about every square inch.
  • I had come to know his cramped handwriting and his gift for pithy analysis.
2Suffering from a cramp: cramped muscles
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  • Getting to his feet, he stretched his cramped muscles and sighed in contentment, feeling quite full.
  • She sat up slowly, stretching her sore, cramped muscles.
  • I walked slowly, flexing my cramped and abused muscles, trying to restore circulation, and taking in my surroundings at the same time.

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Syllabification: cramped

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