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overcrowd

[oh-ver-kroud] /ˌoʊ vərˈkraʊd/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.
Origin of overcrowd
1760-1770
1760-70; over- + crowd1

crowded

[krou-did] /ˈkraʊ dɪd/
adjective
1.
filled to excess; packed.
2.
filled with a crowd:
crowded streets.
3.
uncomfortably close together:
crowded passengers on a bus.
Origin
1605-15; crowd1 + -ed2
Related forms
crowdedly, adverb
overcrowded, adjective
overcrowdedly, adverb
overcrowdedness, noun
uncrowded, adjective
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  • He started to take up subscriptions f'r a sthrugglin' church an' found th' profission was overcrowded.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy Finley Peter Dunne
  • He went down stream the next morning, the Zaire overcrowded with Houssas.

    Bones Edgar Wallace
  • High schools, colleges and polytechnical institutes spring up like mushrooms, and the existing ones are overcrowded.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • They were overcrowded with business at their own prices, and disposed to be very dictatorial.

    Lives of the Engineers Samuel Smiles
  • It is just the same with the singing trade as it is in our overcrowded profession.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
British Dictionary definitions for overcrowded

overcrowd

/ˌəʊvəˈkraʊd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to fill (a room, vehicle, city, etc) with more people or things than is desirable
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Word Origin and History for overcrowded

overcrowd

v.

1766, from over- + crowd (v.). Related: Overcrowded; overcrowding.

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