To fold or plait in regular undulation in such a way that the material will retain the shape intended; to give a wavy appearance to; as, to crimp the border of a cap; to crimp a ruffle. Cf. Crisp.
- To press or pinch into small regular folds or ridges: crimp a pie crust.
- To bend or mold (leather) into shape.
- To cause (hair) to form tight curls or waves.
- To have a hampering or obstructive effect on: Supplies of foreign oil were crimped by the embargo.
- The act of crimping.
- Something made by or as if by crimping, as:
- Hair that has been tightly curled or waved.
- A series of curls, as of wool fibers.
- A crease or bend.
- An obstructing or hampering agent or force: Rising interest rates put a crimp in new home construction.
- A person who tricks or coerces others into service as sailors or soldiers.
- To procure (sailors or soldiers) by trickery or coercion.