Definition of crick in English:



  • A painful stiff feeling in the neck or back.

    • ‘Adam woke late the next morning with a bad crick in his neck.’
    • ‘Eavan woke the next morning with a crick in his neck from sleeping in the wrong position for too long and a stale taste of ale in his mouth.’
    • ‘I get a crick in my neck from looking up that much.’
    • ‘An overly heavy weight can take you beyond a safe range of motion, and that can give you a crick in the neck or other form of injury.’
    • ‘My backside was sore from sleeping on such hard ground and my neck had a crick in it from the high elevation of my ‘pillow’.’
    • ‘He smirked, ‘It's time for you to wake up now - sorry about the crick in your neck.’’
    • ‘At the point of shaking her head, Irdle had gotten a crick in the neck when the door to the inn burst open, bearing two of the last people she would have expected to see.’
    • ‘I woke up the next morning, still sitting on my couch, with a crick in my neck aside from the rest of my wounds.’
    • ‘She was going to wake up with a serious crick in her neck.’
    • ‘I rolled over to face him, I was getting a crick in my neck.’
    • ‘It was almost as though the boom had a crick in its neck after being folded up for so long en-route to, and in orbit around, Mars.’
    • ‘The hard, high fastball is extremely difficult to hit, but if it comes in at batting practice speed, the pitcher may get a crick in his neck from watching the ball sail over the fences if he throws it too often.’
    • ‘I stood up carefully, and from the new position I could see that at some point during the night Sillabub and I had found a couch, which would explain the terrible crick in my neck.’
    • ‘His back was stiff, and his neck had a crick in it.’
    • ‘After a leisurely tour of the cathedral and with cricks in the neck from looking up all the time (it's a very high church), we repaired to one of the bistros that line the stone pavement around the church, to have a bite of lunch.’
    • ‘Adam woke up quite early thanks to a painful crick in his neck.’
    • ‘The next morning I woke up with a crick in my neck and an annoying pain in my side.’
    • ‘Shane practically bolted off of the plane, leaving his parents behind him, working cricks out of their necks.’
    • ‘Today I woke up with the biggest crick in my neck ever.’
    • ‘A classy midfielder could get a serious injury - most likely a crick in the neck - watching the ball soaring back and forwards.’
    cramp, spasm, muscle spasm, muscular contraction, rick, kink, twinge, pang, pain, shooting pain, ache
    stiffness, discomfort, tenderness, soreness
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  • Twist or strain (one's neck or back), causing painful stiffness:

    ‘he suffered a cricked neck during tackling practice’
    • ‘The privilege will also cost you a quid, but that's a small price to pay to avoid a cricked neck and beer-stained chinos.’
    • ‘Adam felt his eyes widen and he snapped his head to look at her so fast his neck cricked.’
    • ‘The bandages on his face peeled off, and the bones suddenly cracked back into alignment, and his nose cricked into place.’
    • ‘It is a product of an impatient society that prefers to crick its neck peering at an online news bulletin than wait until the morning for a paper.’
    • ‘Its not helping my cricked back and shoulder but ne'er mind.’
    • ‘Another lady claimed she had cricked her neck because she was ‘shocked’ by a movement made by one of the centre's ‘human statues’.’
    • ‘Bees winger Peter Sutcliffe missed that tie three weeks ago after cricking his neck at his hotel breakfast table on the day of the match.’
    • ‘Ethan's head shot up so fast, I was surprised he didn't crick his neck.’
    • ‘You crick open an eye and shiver, shaking off the sleepiness.’
    • ‘I looked up at him so fast, that I was afraid my neck would crick.’
    • ‘Martin made his debut in the 1-1 draw at Leatherhead on Saturday, although Fowler was nursing a cricked neck on the bench.’
    • ‘I don't know what her boyfriend must have thought when she got in ‘from a club’ soaking, full of mud, and with a cricked neck.’
    • ‘I was close enough that the oversized screen nearly filled my peripheral vision, but high up enough that there was no need to crick my neck.’
    • ‘Harold said he couldn't get down comfortably to play shots because he cricked his neck a few days ago.’
    • ‘I wasn't very good at hang-gliding, I crashed my glider, cricked my neck.’
    • ‘The two lads cricked their necks as the door creaked open to the Prince's study.’
    • ‘‘What… ‘I whispered, my sore, dry throat cricking in protest.’
    • ‘Bridget cricked her neck as she flipped through the seven hundred and sixty-five page book by some unknown famous psychologist.’
    • ‘We stand, necks cricked, the milky way slashing across the sky, constellations blazing.’
    • ‘Her shoulders ached, and she felt that she had cricked her neck past repair.’
    strain, sprain, pull, wrench, tear, twist, rick
    injure, hurt, damage, impair
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Late Middle English: of unknown origin.