Definition of crimp verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    crimp

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//krɪmp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪmp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they crimp
    BrE BrE//krɪmp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪmp//
     
    he / she / it crimps
    BrE BrE//krɪmps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪmps//
     
    past simple crimped
    BrE BrE//krɪmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪmpt//
     
    past participle crimped
    BrE BrE//krɪmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɪmpt//
     
    -ing form crimping
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪmpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪmpɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair
     
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  1. 1crimp something to make curls in somebody’s hair by pressing it with a heated tool See related entries: Styling hair
  2. 2crimp something to press cloth or paper into small folds
  3. 3crimp something (North American English, informal) to restrict the growth or development of something Shrinking state revenues have crimped security budgets.
  4. Word Origin Old English gecrympan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krimpen ‘shrink, wrinkle’. Rare before the 18th cent., the word was perhaps reintroduced from Low German or Dutch.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: crimp