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cram

[kram] /kræm/
verb (used with object), crammed, cramming.
1.
to fill (something) by force with more than it can easily hold.
2.
to force or stuff (usually followed by into, down, etc.).
3.
to fill with or as with an excessive amount of food; overfeed.
4.
Informal.
  1. to prepare (a person), as for an examination, by having him or her memorize information within a short period of time.
  2. to acquire knowledge of (a subject) by so preparing oneself.
5.
Archaic. to tell lies to.
verb (used without object), crammed, cramming.
6.
to eat greedily or to excess.
7.
to study for an examination by memorizing facts at the last minute.
8.
to press or force accommodation in a room, vehicle, etc., beyond normal or comfortable capacity; crowd; jam:
The whole team crammed into the bus.
noun
9.
Informal. the act of cramming for an examination.
10.
a crammed state.
11.
a dense crowd; throng.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English crammen, Old English crammian to stuff, akin to crimman to put in
Related forms
crammingly, adverb
well-crammed, adjective
Synonyms
1. crowd, pack, squeeze, compress, overcrowd. 3. glut. 6. gorge.
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Examples from the web for crammed
  • We've moved on from pack trips and crammed shuttle buses.
  • They certainly require serious stamina occasioned by crammed programmes and non-stop travel.
  • Note how public comparison was crammed between negative words, as if that's where it naturally belonged.
  • And a standard office with two desks crammed into it would be no more appealing than a freshman-year double in a dorm.
  • It takes time even for genius to crystallize the thought with which her letters and poems are crammed.
  • But there are no drinks, songs or hotel hospitality rooms crammed with loud and aging humans.
  • In the modern office, many desks are often crammed into a wide-open space possessing few interior walls.
  • The handsets are crammed with hardware such as digital photograph and video cameras, music players and the dandy screens.
  • All grains of matter of various compositions, crammed together.
  • Maybe the lives of the meritocrats are so crammed because the stakes are so small.
British Dictionary definitions for crammed

cram

/kræm/
verb crams, cramming, crammed
1.
(transitive) to force (people, material, etc) into (a room, container, etc) with more than it can hold; stuff
2.
to eat or cause to eat more than necessary
3.
(informal) to study or cause to study (facts, etc), esp for an examination, by hastily memorizing
noun
4.
the act or condition of cramming
5.
a crush
Word Origin
Old English crammian; related to Old Norse kremja to press

Cram

/kræm/
noun
1.
Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)
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Word Origin and History for crammed

cram

v.

Old English crammian "press something into something else," from Proto-Germanic *kram-/*krem- (cf. Old High German krimman "to press, pinch," Old Norse kremja "to squeeze, pinch"), from PIE root *ger- "to gather" (cf. Sanskrit gramah "heap, troop," Old Church Slavonic gramota "heap," Latin gremium "bosom, lap"). Meaning "study intensely for an exam" originally was British student slang first recorded 1803. Related: Crammed; cramming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for crammed

cram

modifier

: a cram session/ cram book

noun

A very diligent student; grind (1900s+)

verb

To study intensively for an upcoming examination (1803+ British students)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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