Definition of crimp in English:

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Pronunciation: /krɪmp/


[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.
flute, pleat, corrugate, ruffle, furrow, groove, ridge, crease, wrinkle, crinkle, crumple, pucker, gather;
pinch, press together, squeeze together
British rare ruckle
1.1Connect (a wire or cable) by squeezing the end or ends: pliers will crimp wires together
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  • 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 hot iron: crimped blonde hair
More example sentences
  • 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): his zeal about his career can crimp the rest of his life
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  • 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.


1A folded or compressed edge.
Example sentences
  • 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


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.



Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪmpi/
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.


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.

Words that rhyme with crimp

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

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