- a game in which one person or side must find a rhyme to a word or a line of verse given by another.
- inferior rhyme.
Origin of crambo
1600–10; earlier crambe < Latin crambē repetīta phrase used by Juvenal in reference to unimaginative writing, literally, repeated (i.e., re-served) cabbage (< Greek krambē kind of cabbage)
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Examples from the Web for crambo
Crambo, kram′bo, n. a game in which one gives a word to which another finds a rhyme: rime.
They talk and laugh together; and many a passion has had its birth in crambo, or the little box of amourettes.My Neighbor Raymond (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XI)
Charles Paul de Kock
He looked up for a moment, then gave a low whistle, and Crambo again set out on his rounds.Debit and Credit
Query, What is the meaning of crambo here, and is it to be met with elsewhere with a similar meaning?
Crabbe says, "Crambo is a play, in rhyming, in which he that repeats a word that was said before forfeits something."
- a word game in which one team says a rhyme or rhyming line for a word or line given by the other team
C17: from earlier crambe, probably from Latin crambē repetīta cabbage repeated, hence an old story, a rhyming game, from Greek krambē
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