verb (used with object), crammed, cram·ming.

verb (used without object), crammed, cram·ming.


Origin of cram

before 1000; Middle English crammen, Old English crammian to stuff, akin to crimman to put in
Related formscram·ming·ly, adverbwell-crammed, adjective

Synonyms for cram Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crammed

Contemporary Examples of crammed

Historical Examples of crammed

  • I crammed your science into the story because it's good advertising.

  • The place is crammed, it appears; they have never had so many people before.

  • She crammed the rose carelessly into her hair and dropped on the nearest sofa.

  • Hinduism is crammed with incarnations; this presented no difficulty.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • "You have the friar to thank for it," said he, in a muffled voice, for his mouth was crammed with pasty.


    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for crammed


verb crams, cramming or crammed

(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

Word Origin for cram

Old English crammian; related to Old Norse kremja to press



Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper