- 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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Examples from the Web for crammed
The beds were crammed together, and a man in the middle of the room had spots of flesh on his body that obviously were rotting.Putin’s Health Care Disaster
November 30, 2014
The Cubans pulled up to the outpost and crammed the survivors into an open-body jeep and a pickup truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
What was once one of 505 uninhabited islands in the region quickly became a bustling, crammed metropolis.Japan's James Bond Villain Ghost Town
August 7, 2014
More than 40 of us crammed into each darkened bay lined with bunk beds.How I’ll End the War: The Trip Over to Afghanistan
April 23, 2014
After dinner, we crammed into the family room for home movies.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
I crammed your science into the story because it's good advertising.The Bacillus of Beauty
The place is crammed, it appears; they have never had so many people before.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
She crammed the rose carelessly into her hair and dropped on the nearest sofa.The Education of Eric Lane
Hinduism is crammed with incarnations; this presented no difficulty.Things as They Are
"You have the friar to thank for it," said he, in a muffled voice, for his mouth was crammed with pasty.Love-at-Arms
- (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 crammed
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.