AskDefine | Define crimp

Dictionary Definition



1 an angular or rounded shape made by folding; "a fold in the napkin"; "a crease in his trousers"; "a plication on her blouse"; "a flexure of the colon"; "a bend of his elbow" [syn: fold, crease, plication, flexure, bend]
2 someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers [syn: crimper]
3 a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled


1 make ridges into by pinching together [syn: pinch]
2 curl tightly; "crimp hair" [syn: crape, frizzle, frizz, kink up, kink]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /kɹɪmp/, /krImp/
  • Rhymes: -ɪmp


  1. : Easily crumbled; friable; brittle.
  2. : Weak; inconsistent; contradictory.


  1. 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.
    The strap was held together by a simple metal crimp.
  2. : A coal broker. [Provincial England]
  3. : One who decoys or entraps men into the military or naval service.
  4. : A keeper of a low lodging house where sailors and emigrants are entrapped and fleeced.
  5. (usually in plural): A hairstyle which has been crimped, or shaped so it bends back and forth in many short kinks.
  6. : A game at cards.


  1. To fasten by bending metal so that it squeezes around the parts to be fastened.
    He crimped the wire in place.
  2. To style hair into a crimp.


Extensive Definition

Crimp(ing) may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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