1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.
“I love my family, and that could never cramp my style.”
Hip hop artist and actor LL Cool J, in an interview with Maxim Magazine.
1. Definition - Study the definition.
limit or restrict what you like to do or say
2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.
When something cramps your style, it limits or restricts you from doing the things you like to do. For example, if you’re single, having children might cramp your style because you can’t go out and party anymore.
Or, if you like to wear tennis shoes and shorts every day, getting a job at a bank might cramp your style because you will have to wear a suit and tie.
In the example above, LL Cool J is saying that his family does not cramp his style. The meaning is that, even though he is a famous and wealthy celebrity, he would rather spend time with his family than go out partying.
1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.
“This new job is really cramping my style. I can’t go out partying on Saturday nights because I have to work early in the morning.”