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
Examples from the Web for cramming
And cramming this law down the throats of states that prefer less expansive gun laws is a serious blow to advocates of federalism.
And though not yet fluent, Wittstock is currently cramming in French lessons.
The cramming that the boys were now subjected to, did not improve their temper.Mildred Arkell, Volume II (of 3)|Mrs. Henry Wood
On the night that Boggs dropped in on them, Jimmy and Pellams were cramming alone.Stanford Stories|Charles K. Field
He's hired a tutor to coach him and is cramming away like mad.Bert Wilson on the Gridiron|J. W. Duffield
This is never suffered to pass unnoticed, while the power of cramming down another morsel remains.Journal of a Voyage from Okkak, on the Coast of Labrador, to Ungava Bay, Westward of Cape Chudleigh|Benjamin Kohlmeister and George Kmoch
He would have been tender of cramming down the throats of the people what they are averse to swallow.Lord Chatham|Archibald Phillip Primrose Rosebery
British Dictionary definitions for cramming (1 of 2)
verb crams, cramming or crammed
Word Origin for cram
British Dictionary definitions for cramming (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for cramming
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.