Definition of cramped in English:

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Pronunciation: /krampt/


1Suffering from cramp: rest your cramped arms for a moment
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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.
2Uncomfortably small or restricted: 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.
small, tiny, narrow, compact, tight, poky, uncomfortable, minimal, sparse, inadequate;
hemmed in, crowded, overfull, packed, jammed, congested
archaic strait
2.1Inhibiting 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.
2.2(Of handwriting) small and difficult to read: there is no way a computer will be able to decipher my cramped handwriting
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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.
small, crabbed, pinched, tightly packed, close, shaky, scribbled, laboured, illegible, unreadable, indecipherable

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