WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
crick1 /krɪk/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Pathologya sharp, painful spasm or stiffening of the muscles, as of the neck or back:a bad crick in my neck.

v. [+ object]
  1. Pathologyto give a crick or painful feeling of stiffening to (the back, etc.):I cricked my back when I picked her up.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
crick1  (krik),USA pronunciation  n. 
  1. Pathologya sharp, painful spasm of the muscles, as of the neck or back.

v.t. 
  1. Pathologyto give a crick or wrench to (the neck, back, etc.).
  • late Middle English crikke, perh. akin to crick2 1400–50

crick2  (krik),USA pronunciation n. [Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S.]
  • Dialect Termscreek (def. 1).

  • Crick  (krik),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalFrancis Harry Compton, born 1916, English biophysicist: Nobel prize for medicine 1962.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    crick /krɪk/ informal n
    1. a painful muscle spasm or cramp, esp in the neck or back
    vb
    1. (transitive) to cause a crick in (the neck, back, etc)
    Etymology: 15th Century: of uncertain origin



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