writer's cramp

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n writer's cramp muscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Writer's cramp (Med) a painful spasmodic affection of the muscles of the fingers, brought on by excessive use, as in writing, violin playing, telegraphing, etc. Called also scrivener's palsy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Writer's cramp Scrivener's palsy, a common disease affecting those in the habit of constant writing, the muscles refusing to obey only on attempting to write
    • Writer's cramp or Scrivener's palsy, a common disease affecting those in the habit of constant writing, the muscles refusing to obey only on attempting to write
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Quotations

  • Inigo de Leon
    Inigo de Leon
    “The cure for writers cramp is writer's block.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. crampe; cf. Dut. kramp, Ger. krampf.

Usage

In literature:

He kept this up at intervals of every other day until he had writer's cramp.
""Speaking of Operations--"" by Irvin S. Cobb
I am suffering for my devotion to the studious habits of a lifetime: my right hand is attacked by the malady called Writer's Cramp.
"The Legacy of Cain" by Wilkie Collins
I was a long-hand biller for ten years, but I am now troubled with writer's cramp and unable to do much.
"Stammering, Its Cause and Cure" by Benjamin Nathaniel Bogue
Poor girl, if she keeps on playing bridge she'll have writer's cramp; that's all I'm afraid of.
"The Spenders" by Harry Leon Wilson
No human hand could have signed them all without writer's cramp.
"True Stories of Crime From the District Attorney's Office" by Arthur Train
I did wanst, but I had writer's cramp f'r months aftherward.
"Mr. Dooley Says" by Finley Dunne
By evening Mr. Narkom, note-book in hand, was suffering with writer's cramp, and complained of a headache.
"The Riddle of the Frozen Flame" by Mary E. Hanshew
Writer's and telegraph operator's paralysis, or cramp, we have cured in a few weeks' time.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
And, without running any risk of writer's cramp, she might have signed it.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
Mademoiselle Briggerland told me she was writing a story, and I remember she said she had writer's cramp.
"The Angel of Terror" by Edgar Wallace
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In news:

Writer's Cramp : In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking.
Writer's Cramp: In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking .
Jim Wallace might develop a serious case of writer's cramp Bridge Day weekend in Beckley.
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