- 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 crams
A frustrated and untalented artist, Bary crams way too many words in a single sentence for a single line.An ISIS Killer in His Own Awful Words
September 3, 2014
Sutherland cuts and crams facts and opinions into his tight confines.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
Into this he crams a heavy charge of powder and waits for the dawn.Poachers and Poaching
I have no doubt the man stuffs and crams himself at her cost.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3)
Frances Eleanor Trollope
Every one knows that the mother, (saucy as the daughter sometimes is,) crams him down her throat.Clarissa, Volume 7
The student who "crams" for an examination makes no permanent addition "Cramming" and "Willing" to his knowledge.The Trained Memory
He crams into his bag indiscriminately the last vaudeville, the last sermon of the Archbishop, and the last essay of the Academy.
- (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 crams
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.