from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A painful cramp or muscle spasm, as in the back or neck.
  • transitive v. To cause a painful cramp or muscle spasm in by turning or wrenching.
  • n. Upper Northern & Western U.S. Variant of creek. See Regional Note at run.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A painful muscular cramp or spasm of some part of the body, as of the neck or back, making it difficult to move the part affected. (Compare catch.)
  • n. A small jackscrew.
  • v. to violently spasm.
  • n. Alternative form of creek.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The creaking of a door, or a noise resembling it.
  • n. A painful, spasmodic affection of the muscles of some part of the body, as of the neck or back, rendering it difficult to move the part.
  • n. A small jackscrew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To creak.
  • To wrench or sprain: as, to crick one's neck.
  • n. A creaking. as of a door.
  • n. An inlet of the sea or a river: same as creek
  • n. A small stream; a brook: same as creek, 2, which is the usual spelling, though generally pronounced in the United States as crick.
  • n. A crevice; chink; cranny; corner.
  • n. A painful spasmodic affection of some part of the body, as of the neck or back, in the nature of a cramp or transient stiffness, making motion of the part difficult.
  • n. A small jackscrew.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. English biochemist who (with Watson in 1953) helped discover the helical structure of DNA (1916-2004)
  • v. twist (a body part) into a strained position
  • n. a painful muscle spasm especially in the neck or back (`rick' and `wrick' are British)


Middle English crike.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • 'The old man's jaw hung open, his eyes frowning with concentration, trying not to miss a single word.

    "Yes, green trees. Probably willow trees near a crick. And I see something under those trees. A - it's a wagon."'

    - Nightmare Alley, William Lindsay Gresham

    June 30, 2012

  • crick: smaller than a creek but bigger than a trickle.

    May 16, 2008

  • I mean the kind you go fishin' in, not what happens to your neck when you spend too much time making wordie lists.

    February 7, 2007