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verb \ˈkrau̇d\

Simple Definition of crowd

  • : to fill (something) so that there is little or no room for anyone or anything else : to take up much or most of the space in (an area or space)

  • : to push or force (something) into a small space

  • : to move into a small space

Full Definition of crowd

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to press on :  hurry b :  to press close <the players crowded around the coach>

  3. 2 :  to collect in numbers

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to fill by pressing or thronging together <a room crowded with children> b :  to press, force, or thrust into a small space

  6. 2 :  push, force —often used with off or out <crowd a person off the sidewalk>

  7. 3 a :  to urge on b :  to put on (sail) in excess of the usual for greater speed

  8. 4 :  to put pressure on <don't crowd me, I'll pay>

  9. 5 :  throng, jostle

  10. 6 :  to press or stand close to <the batter was crowding the plate>

Examples of crowd

  1. Boxes crowded the floor of my apartment.

  2. There are too many products crowding the market.

  3. The club has been accused of crowding too many people into too small a space.

  4. By the end of the 10th mile, three bicyclists were crowding the racer in front.

  5. Please move back. You're crowding me.

Origin of crowd

Middle English crouden, from Old English crūdan; akin to Middle High German kroten to crowd, Old English crod multitude, Middle Irish gruth curds

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with crowd




Definition of crowd

  1. 1 :  a large number of persons especially when collected together :  throng

  2. 2 a :  the great body of the people :  populace b :  most of one's peers <follow the crowd>

  3. 3 :  a large number of things close together <I saw a crowd…of golden daffodils — William Wordsworth>

  4. 4 :  a group of people having something (as a habit, interest, or occupation) in common <in with the wrong crowd> <the Hollywood crowd>


First Known Use of crowd


Synonym Discussion of crowd

crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together <a crowd gathered>. throng and horde suggest movement and pushing <a throng of reporters> <a horde of shoppers>. crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort <a crush of fans>. mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence <an angry mob>.



noun \ˈkrau̇d, ˈkrüd\

Definition of crowd

  1. 1 :  an ancient Celtic stringed instrument that is plucked or bowed —called also crwth

  2. 2 dial English :  violin

Illustration of crowd

Origin of crowd

Middle English crowde, from Middle Welsh crwth

First Known Use: 14th century

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