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  1. simple past and past participle of cramp


cramped (comparative more cramped, superlative most cramped)

  1. Uncomfortably restricted in size or space, or financially.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, []. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
    • 1960 December, “The Glasgow Suburban Electrification is opened”, in Trains Illustrated, page 715:
      Since then we have had the opportunity to travel in them and were much impressed by the internal styling and comfort of the seating (with the minor exception of the single seats which have been tucked in longitudinally alongside some of the entrance vestibules and which are so cramped that only the slimmest of female figures could be comfortable in them; the space they occupy would have been better utilised to increase standing room).
  2. Overcrowded or congested.
  3. Tight because of or like suffering a cramp.
  4. Illegible.