Definition of cramp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kræmp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kræmp//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] (North American English also charley horse) a sudden pain that you get when the muscles in a particular part of your body contract, usually caused by cold or too much exercise (British English) to get cramp in your leg (North American English) to get a cramp in your leg see also writer’s cramp
  2. 2cramps [plural] severe pain in the stomach
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Middle Low German and Middle Dutch krampe; sense 1 of the noun is via Old French crampe.Extra examples I was beginning to get cramp in my leg. I was suddenly seized by an attack of cramp. She had a sudden painful cramp in her left leg.
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