Main definitions of crick in US English:

: crick1crick2

crick1

noun

  • A painful stiff feeling in the neck or back.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adam woke late the next morning with a bad crick in his 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.’
    • ‘Adam woke up quite early thanks to a painful crick in his neck.’
    • ‘I woke up the next morning, still sitting on my couch, with a crick in my neck aside from the rest of my wounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Shane practically bolted off of the plane, leaving his parents behind him, working cricks out of their necks.’
    • ‘She was going to wake up with a serious crick in her 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.’
    • ‘His back was stiff, and his neck had a crick in it.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I get a crick in my neck from looking up that much.’
    • ‘He smirked, ‘It's time for you to wake up now - sorry about the crick in your neck.’’
    • ‘I rolled over to face him, I was getting a crick in my neck.’
    • ‘The next morning I woke up with a crick in my neck and an annoying pain in my side.’
    cramp, spasm, muscle spasm, muscular contraction, rick, kink, twinge, pang, pain, shooting pain, ache
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verb

[with object]
  • Twist or strain (one's neck or back), causing painful stiffness.

    ‘I turned my head so quickly that I cricked my neck’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You crick open an eye and shiver, shaking off the sleepiness.’
    • ‘‘What… ‘I whispered, my sore, dry throat cricking in protest.’
    • ‘Its not helping my cricked back and shoulder but ne'er mind.’
    • ‘Harold said he couldn't get down comfortably to play shots because he cricked his neck a few days ago.’
    • ‘Bridget cricked her neck as she flipped through the seven hundred and sixty-five page book by some unknown famous psychologist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another lady claimed she had cricked her neck because she was ‘shocked’ by a movement made by one of the centre's ‘human statues’.’
    • ‘The bandages on his face peeled off, and the bones suddenly cracked back into alignment, and his nose cricked into place.’
    • ‘We stand, necks cricked, the milky way slashing across the sky, constellations blazing.’
    • ‘I looked up at him so fast, that I was afraid my neck would crick.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her shoulders ached, and she felt that she had cricked her neck past repair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adam felt his eyes widen and he snapped his head to look at her so fast his neck cricked.’
    • ‘Martin made his debut in the 1-1 draw at Leatherhead on Saturday, although Fowler was nursing a cricked neck on the bench.’
    • ‘The two lads cricked their necks as the door creaked open to the Prince's study.’
    • ‘I wasn't very good at hang-gliding, I crashed my glider, cricked my neck.’
    • ‘Ethan's head shot up so fast, I was surprised he didn't crick his neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    strain, sprain, pull, wrench, tear, twist, rick
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Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

crick

/krɪk//krik/

Main definitions of crick in US English:

: crick1crick2

crick2

noun

US
dialect
  • A creek.

    • ‘The company found a clearing between three hills where the grass was low and a few trees stood sentinel over a tiny, trickling crick.’

Origin

Early 17th century: representing a pronunciation of creek.

Pronunciation

crick

/krɪk//krik/