verb (used with object), crammed, cram·ming.
- 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.
verb (used without object), crammed, cram·ming.
Origin of cram
Definition for cram (2 of 2)
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|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Families of four and five cram into one-room shares without running water or reliable electricity.
If you cram that many scantily-clad people onto a beach in hot weather, things are likely to get ugly at some point.
Trying to cram that down into 250 words is fun and challenging.William Breathes on Being America’s First Marijuana Critic|Melissa Leon|April 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Mike Giglio|November 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We don't want any cards to hotels, but cram a dozen into our pockets, and ask if there are any more here?
I've even found pipes all ready filled with tobacco, to save the spirits the trouble of using their fingers to cram the bowl.Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North|Fullerton Waldo
I'll tell you what I'll do—I'll sit in the recitation-room and cram for examination until the party is over.Witch Winnie|Elizabeth W. Champney
The child must himself be originative, directive, and executive in the learning process if cram is to be avoided completely.Dickens As an Educator|James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
For he had been madly trying to cram a right-hand foot into a left-hand shoe.The Longest Journey|E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for cram (1 of 2)
verb crams, cramming or crammed
Word Origin for cram
British Dictionary definitions for cram (2 of 2)
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.