Definition of writer's cramp in US English:

writer's cramp

phrase

  • Pain or stiffness in the hand caused by excessive writing.

    • ‘Their definition of a disease is loose, at best; the list includes everything from cancer and AIDS to constipation, colour blindness, writer's cramp and the hiccups.’
    • ‘Getting writer's cramp in the midst of What Maisie Knew, Henry James hired a shorthand typist and his style changed accordingly.’
    • ‘But even when mild, such spasm can be undesirable, as in writer's cramp or the analogous problems for musicians.’
    • ‘A fellow joked afterwards that I should have writer's cramp what with all the books I had to sign.’
    • ‘I've been scribbling a lot recently, so much that writer's cramp has set in.’

Pronunciation

writer's cramp

/ˌrīdərz ˈkramp//ˌraɪdərz ˈkræmp/