Definition of cramped in English:



  • 1Suffering from cramp.

    ‘rest your cramped arms for a moment’
    • ‘Herman stood up, stretched his slightly cramped muscles, and made his way to his personal quarters.’
    • ‘I sprinted toward the bus, my cramped muscles protesting every movement.’
    • ‘Now she lifted herself up to shake out her cramped muscles, and went in search of her backpack and something to eat.’
    • ‘Their leg muscles felt cramped and pained when they all stood up.’
    • ‘Getting to his feet, he stretched his cramped muscles and sighed in contentment, feeling quite full.’
    • ‘He stretched his muscles, cramped from lying on the floor, and then looked about for the stone he had used the night before.’
    • ‘His muscles felt cramped and disused, and his chest and rib-cage ached as if he'd been the loser in a fist fight.’
    • ‘I got out for the car and stretched my cramped muscles.’
    • ‘Her muscles felt cramped from non use and unable to cooperate with her numb body.’
    • ‘Your muscles become cramped from lactic acid and from the number of hours you're standing upright.’
    • ‘He had held himself in such an awkward position for so long that his muscles were becoming cramped.’
    • ‘She took a few steps away from the others and then started doing a few exercises to loosen up her cramped muscles.’
    • ‘Legs cramped from running, I slumped down onto the floor and burst into tears.’
    • ‘She sat up slowly, stretching her sore, cramped muscles.’
    • ‘She sat up straight and immediately regretted it, as her cramped muscles screamed in protest.’
    • ‘I walked slowly, flexing my cramped and abused muscles, trying to restore circulation, and taking in my surroundings at the same time.’
    • ‘Staying in one spot so much had made her muscles feel cramped.’
    • ‘They can alleviate or eliminate back and leg pain, sore or cramped muscles, and swelling caused by water retention.’
    • ‘I had trouble moving, for my muscles were so cramped.’
    • ‘The smells of breakfast wafted into the room, and Nora stretched out lazily, feeling cramped muscles groan in response.’
  • 2Uncomfortably small or restricted.

    ‘staff had to work in cramped conditions’
    • ‘The other Jeep was cramped with five people and cargo.’
    • ‘It was a bit cramped and very claustrophobic.’
    • ‘I have visited Odsal police station on a number of occasions and conditions there are cramped and unsuitable.’
    • ‘I explored two small stores, each of which was cramped, narrow, and unchanged since their construction in the 50s.’
    • ‘She couldn't bear moving from one place to place… tents were much too cramped.’
    • ‘The plane's interior is cramped and confined, but Singleton is immediately at home.’
    • ‘It was horrendous with dirty, cramped enclosures.’
    • ‘They complain it is cramped and up to 25 per cent too small.’
    • ‘Since the former first school was extended under the re-organisation, outdoor space for the youngsters has been cramped.’
    • ‘But the room's cabinets and work spaces were cramped and inefficient.’
    • ‘She, however, wanted to show me how unappetizing the food was and how cramped the living conditions were.’
    • ‘However, it was cramped, poorly daylit, and had no connections to the outdoors.’
    • ‘It comprises about half a dozen buildings, including a small mosque, several houses and two cramped dormitories.’
    • ‘Being landlocked inside the center of Dallas, SMU is cramped for space.’
    • ‘The centre is cramped for space, but we will make do.’
    • ‘‘Yes, we should,’ agreed Tiffany, who was more than happy to leave that cramped room.’
    • ‘Some cabins are roomy and plush, while others are cramped and plain.’
    • ‘"It's too cramped on the sidewalk anyway, " he complained.’
    • ‘It was too cramped up in the trunk, really, so I was glad when we could get out.’
    restricted, confined, constricted
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    1. 2.1 Inhibiting the development of someone or something.
      ‘he felt cramped in a large organization’
      • ‘Black risks taking on a cramped position with backward development in order to test both players' positional abilities.’
    2. 2.2 (of handwriting) small and difficult to read.
      ‘there is no way a computer will be able to decipher my cramped handwriting’
      • ‘I had come to know his cramped handwriting and his gift for pithy analysis.’
      • ‘The location and dates were penned in a cramped, childish script.’
      • ‘Her eyes sped across the paper, taking in every letter of her cramped penmanship.’
      • ‘Usually this ends up being a cramped, scribbled list, and hard to understand.’
      • ‘However, the lettering appeared too small and too cramped to read on almost any normal-sized TV.’
      • ‘The printing was hurried and the cramped letters ran together as if Alec had been in a great hurry to get them on paper.’
      • ‘I heard the front door and looked up from the papers spread out on the desk, my cramped handwriting covering just about every square inch.’
      • ‘She wrote, not in her usual flowing script, but in Doyle's somewhat cramped print.’
      • ‘The letters were carved in a cramped scrawl, moonlight etching the crevices and staining the shadows silver.’
      • ‘I mumble, trying to read Ian Anwar's cramped handwriting.’
      • ‘These do not appear on the Rochdale posters on this occasion so that information is not cramped.’
      • ‘The lettering is cramped and pushed so far to the right that it runs off the paper onto the board behind.’
      small, crabbed, pinched, tightly packed, close, shaky, scribbled, laboured, illegible, unreadable, indecipherable
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