There are 2 main definitions of crick in English:


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Pronunciation: /krɪk


A painful stiff feeling in the neck or back.
More example sentences
  • Adam woke up quite early thanks to a painful crick in his neck.
  • His back was stiff, and his neck had a crick in it.
  • My backside was sore from sleeping on such hard ground and my neck had a crick in it from the high elevation of my ‘pillow’.
cramp, spasm, muscle spasm, muscular contraction, rick, kink, twinge, pang, pain, shooting pain, ache;


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Twist or strain (one’s neck or back), causing painful stiffness: (as adjective cricked) he suffered a cricked neck during tackling practice
More example sentences
  • Bees winger Peter Sutcliffe missed that tie three weeks ago after cricking his neck at his hotel breakfast table on the day of the match.
  • Harold said he couldn't get down comfortably to play shots because he cricked his neck a few days ago.
  • Another lady claimed she had cricked her neck because she was ‘shocked’ by a movement made by one of the centre's ‘human statues’.
injure, hurt, damage, impair


late Middle English: of unknown origin.

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