- 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 cramming
And cramming this law down the throats of states that prefer less expansive gun laws is a serious blow to advocates of federalism.Where's the Federalism on Guns, GOP?
April 17, 2013
And though not yet fluent, Wittstock is currently cramming in French lessons.The Other Royal Wedding
June 29, 2011
Do look at Broadbent cramming his spiritual pabulum into that girl's mouth.Audrey Craven
Cramming has been brought throughout Germany to the level of a fine art.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
Carefully consider your experience from cramming your lessons.The Mind and Its Education
George Herbert Betts
On the night that Boggs dropped in on them, Jimmy and Pellams were cramming alone.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
I think it is low Thus to be stuffing and cramming your maw, Robbing the farmers!Eyebright
- (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 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.