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crimp (v.)

 late 14c., "cause to contract or be wrinkled or wavy." Old English had gecrympan "to crimp, curl," but the modern word probably is from Middle Dutch or Low German crimpen/krimpen "to shrink, crimp." Sense of "bend back or inward, draw together" is from 1712. Related: Crimped; crimping.

crimp (n.)

"that which has been crimped or curled," 1863, "natural curl in wool fiber," from crimp (v.). In reference to crimped hair by 1867. To put a crimp in or on (something) is by 1896, U.S. slang.

updated on May 10, 2018

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Definitions of crimp from WordNet
1
crimp (n.)
an angular or rounded shape made by folding;
Synonyms: fold / crease / plication / flexure / bend
crimp (n.)
someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers;
Synonyms: crimper
crimp (n.)
a lock of hair that has been artificially waved or curled;
2
crimp (v.)
make ridges into by pinching together;
Synonyms: pinch
crimp (v.)
curl tightly;
crimp hair
Synonyms: crape / frizzle / frizz / kink up / kink
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.