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crimp Syllabification: crimp

Definition of crimp in English:


[with object]
1Compress (something) into small folds or ridges: she crimped the edge of the pie
More example sentences
  • The back end is crimped and folded, almost to the point of being concertina-ed.
  • Spoon a little of the pumpkin filling onto the centre of each round, fold in half and crimp the edges.
  • Place 2tbsp filling on each pastry round, add a pinch of butter, sprinkle with a little flour, lightly brush the edges with beaten egg and bring the edges together at the top or at the side, pinching or crimping them firmly to seal.
1.1Connect (a wire or cable) by squeezing the end or ends.
Example sentences
  • Next, take the other end of the wire, crimp a connector on it, and attach it to a wiring block a few inches away, as shown in Figure 8-6.
  • Now crimp a 1.5-metre length of 275 lb wire to this.
  • There are two more molex and two more SATA power connectors you can crimp onto any of the cables.
1.2 (often as adjective crimped) Make waves in (someone’s hair) with a curling iron: crimped blond hair
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  • A couple of seats up is Nadine, her long blonde hair crimped and flowing down her back.
  • Read the latest hair trends that involve long hair, texture, crimping & waves.
  • Their hair was in big waves, crimped and curled after what I imagined was the collective effort of painful rollers, hot irons, and all-night slumber parties.
2North American informal Have a limiting or adverse effect on (something): farmers complain that the drought could crimp their income potential
More example sentences
  • A rash of copycats, who now imitate the same trading tactics, will crimp his profit potential.
  • Its sales potential has been crimped by the delays.
  • BRITISH AIRWAYS, Europe's biggest airline, will accelerate job reductions and cut flights to trim costs as the war in Iraq crimps demand for air travel.


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1A curl, wave, or folded or compressed edge: this cascade of delicate crimps depends on a perm the wool had too much crimp to be used in weaving
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  • Anyway, Hayley has pouffed her hair out into some ‘rock star’ curls and crimps, and she looks pretty lame.
  • The wool fibers have crimps or curls which create pockets and gives the wool a spongy feel and creates insulation for the wearer.
  • Wrinkles, crimps, ruffles, fine pleating and quilting are built into otherwise plain fabric structures.
1.1A small connecting piece for crimping wires or lines together.
Example sentences
  • Next working from the other end, slide a crimp up the line followed by the hook.
  • In Wisconsin some of my muskie fisherman friends use a snap swivel which they attach to the wire with a crimp.
  • You'll need a selection of 15 lb, 25 lb, 60 lb and 100 lb wire, plus suitable crimps for the toothy critters.
2North American informal A restriction or limitation: the crimp on take-home pay has been even tighter since taxes were raised


Old English gecrympan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krimpen 'shrink, wrinkle'. Of rare occurrence before the 18th century, the word was perhaps reintroduced from Low German or Dutch.


put a crimp in

North American informal Have an adverse effect on: well, that puts a crimp in my theory
More example sentences
  • While the long days give you plenty of opportunity to roam, high prices can put a crimp in the ol’ travel budget.
  • Charging for online reading would surely put a crimp in political blogging since so much of what we do feeds off of stories in the press.
  • California's energy shortage and the resulting strain on Washington's power supply are putting a crimp in dairy producers' already-small profit margins.



Example sentences
  • A versatile hand-held paper crimper gives a professional look to paper projects ranging from greeting cards to napkin rings, Christmas tree ornaments to gift wrap.
  • In last night's sensational storyline, crimper Maxine, was brutally murdered and her blood-spattered husband Ashley was arrested as a prime suspect.
  • Pedro, another great crimper, expressed astonishment that I'd done such a thing, but thought I was lucky it had turned out OK.


Pronunciation: /ˈkrimpē/
Example sentences
  • Her chin length white blond hair, crimpy as genetics ‘blessed’ us, was pushed to her shoulders, and she looked exactly like I did at that age.
  • His bamboo cane held over his shoulder, made him look extra spiffy, as his hair was finally out of those beaded braids, and hung down crimpy.
  • I put my hair up in a sporty, yet spunky and crimpy ponytail.

Words that rhyme with crimp

blimp, chimp, gimp, imp, limp, pimp, primp, scrimp, shrimp, simp, skimp, wimp

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