American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To press or pinch into small regular folds or ridges: crimp a pie crust.
- v. To bend or mold (leather) into shape.
- v. To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
- v. To have a hampering or obstructive effect on: Supplies of foreign oil were crimped by the embargo.
- n. The act of crimping.
- n. Something made by or as if by crimping, as:
- n. Hair that has been tightly curled or waved.
- n. A series of curls, as of wool fibers.
- n. A crease or bend.
- n. An obstructing or hampering agent or force: Rising interest rates put a crimp in new home construction.
- n. A person who tricks or coerces others into service as sailors or soldiers.
- v. To procure (sailors or soldiers) by trickery or coercion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bend back or inward; draw together; contract or cause to contract or shrink; corrugate. Specifically
- To bend (the uppers of boots) into shape.
- To indent (a cartridge-case), or turn the end inward and back upon the head, in order to confine the charge; crease.
- To cause to contract and pucker so as to become wrinkled, wavy, or crisped, as the hair; form into short curls or ruffles; flute; ruffle.
- In cookery, to crimple or cause to contract or wrinkle, as the flesh of a live fish or of one just killed, by gashing it with a knife, to give it greater firmness and make it more crisp when cooked.
- To pinch and hold; seize.
- To kidnap; decoy for the purpose of shipping or enlisting, as into the army or navy. See the extract.
- To be very stingy.
- n. That which has been crimped or curled; a curl or a waved lock of hair: generally used in the plural.
- n. A crimper.
- n. One who brings persons into a place or condition of restraint, in order to subject them to swindling, forced labor, or the like; especially, one who, for a commission, supplies recruits for the army or sailors for ships by nefarious means or false inducements; a decoy; a kidnapper. Such practices have been suppressed in the army and navy, and made highly penal in connection with merchant ships.
- n. A certain game at cards.
- Easily crumbled; friable; brittle; crisp.
- Not consistent; contradictory.
- adj. obsolete Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.
- adj. obsolete Weak; inconsistent; contradictory.
- n. A fastener or a fastening method that secures parts by bending metal around a joint and squeezing it together, often with a tool that adds indentations to capture the parts.
- n. obsolete, UK, dialect A coal broker.
- n. obsolete One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval service.
- n. obsolete A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.
- n. usually in the plural A hairstyle which has been crimped, or shaped so it bends back and forth in many short kinks.
- n. obsolete A game of cards.
- v. To fasten by bending metal so that it squeezes around the parts to be fastened.
- v. To style hair into a crimp.
- v. To join the edges of food products. For example: Cornish pasty, pies, jiaozi, Jamaican patty, and sealed crustless sandwich.
- v. To impress (seamen or soldiers); to entrap, to decoy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To fold or plait in regular undulation in such a way that the material will retain the shape intended; to give a wavy appearance to. Cf. crisp.
- v. To pinch and hold; to seize.
- v. to entrap into the military or naval service.
- v. (Cookery) To cause to contract, or to render more crisp, as the flesh of a fish, by gashing it, when living, with a knife
- v. (Firearms) In cartridge making, to fold the edge of (a cartridge case) inward so as to close the mouth partly and confine the charge.
- adj. rare Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.
- adj. rare Weak; inconsistent; contradictory.
- n. Prov. Eng. A coal broker.
- n. One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval service.
- n. A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.
- n. Hair which has been crimped; -- usually in pl.
- n. obsolete A game at cards.
- v. make ridges into by pinching together
- v. curl tightly
- n. someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers
- n. a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled
- n. an angular or rounded shape made by folding
- Middle English crempen, from Proto-Germanic *krimpanan. (Wiktionary)
- Dutch or Low German krimpen, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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