- to fill (something) by force with more than it can easily hold.
- to force or stuff (usually followed by into, down, etc.).
- to fill with or as with an excessive amount of food; overfeed.
- to prepare (a person), as for an examination, by having him or her memorize information within a short period of time.
- to acquire knowledge of (a subject) by so preparing oneself.
- Archaic. to tell lies to.
- to eat greedily or to excess.
- to study for an examination by memorizing facts at the last minute.
- to press or force accommodation in a room, vehicle, etc., beyond normal or comfortable capacity; crowd; jam: The whole team crammed into the bus.
- Informal. the act of cramming for an examination.
- a crammed state.
- a dense crowd; throng.
Origin of cram
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- Ralph Adams,1863–1942, U.S. architect and writer.
Examples from the Web for cram
Collins said that most of her knowledge is from “here and there,” so there was no need to cram before the tournament.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
Families of four and five cram into one-room shares without running water or reliable electricity.The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War
September 16, 2014
If you cram that many scantily-clad people onto a beach in hot weather, things are likely to get ugly at some point.U.S. Open of Surfing Turns Into Riot
July 31, 2013
Trying to cram that down into 250 words is fun and challenging.William Breathes on Being America’s First Marijuana Critic
April 3, 2013
They were in the midst of a cold and muddy winter in another Turkish camp, where the family had been forced to cram into a tent.Syrian Refugees in Kilis Border Camp Try for Normal Life Amid Upheaval
November 15, 2012
So she tried to cram me—that it was Glenwilliam persuaded her against me.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
I houp ye're no gaen to cram stuff like that into the heeds o' the twa laddies.David Elginbrod
At that time it was the custom to cram children rather unmercifully.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
So was every person who possibly could cram through the doors of the big room.The Cross-Cut
Courtney Ryley Cooper
I'm going driving, sir, with Captain Cram's own team and road-wagon.Waring's Peril
- (tr) to force (people, material, etc) into (a room, container, etc) with more than it can hold; stuff
- to eat or cause to eat more than necessary
- informal to study or cause to study (facts, etc), esp for an examination, by hastily memorizing
- the act or condition of cramming
- a crush
- Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)
Word Origin and History for cram
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.