A painful stiff feeling in the neck or back.
- 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’.
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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’.
Late Middle English: of unknown origin.
Words that rhyme with crickartic, brick, chick, click, flick, hand-pick, hic, hick, kick, lick, mick, miskick, nick, pic, pick, quick, rick, shtick, sic, sick, slick, snick, stick, thick, tic, tick, trick, Vic, wick
Entry from US English dictionary
- The company found a clearing between three hills where the grass was low and a few trees stood sentinel over a tiny, trickling crick.
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