[ kram ]
See synonyms for cram on
verb (used with object),crammed, cram·ming.
  1. to fill (something) by force with more than it can easily hold.

  2. to force or stuff (usually followed by into, down, etc.).

  1. to fill with or as with an excessive amount of food; overfeed.

  2. Informal.

    • to prepare (a person), as for an exam, by having them memorize information within a short period of time.

    • to acquire knowledge of (a subject) by so preparing oneself.

  3. Archaic. to tell lies to.

verb (used without object),crammed, cram·ming.
  1. to eat greedily or to excess.

  2. to study for an examination by memorizing facts at the last minute.

  1. to press or force accommodation in a room, vehicle, etc., beyond normal or comfortable capacity; crowd; jam: The whole team crammed into the bus.

  1. Informal. the act of preparing for an exam by memorizing information within a short time period.

  2. an excessively full state.

  1. a dense crowd; throng.

Origin of cram

First recorded before 1000; Middle English crammen, Old English crammian “to stuff,” akin to crimman “to put in”

Other words for cram

Other words from cram

  • cram·ming·ly, adverb
  • well-crammed, adjective

Other definitions for Cram (2 of 2)

[ kram ]

  1. Ralph Adams, 1863–1942, U.S. architect and writer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cram in a sentence

  • Richard Wolffe on the last-minute cramming for the State of the Union—and why the Senate upset was overrated.

    Presidency on the Line | Richard Wolffe | January 26, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • And then at last the Pupil if he possesses a first-rate cramming memory might answer questions on it.

    Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
  • With brutal haste he started cramming everything back into place.

    Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • They were both very assiduous in cramming him, and one day nearly choked him to death by forcing the fat down his throat.

  • And she carelessly glanced at some mathematical works that she had used when cramming for the Senior Wranglership.

  • I fired again at him and missed; and then ran as hard as I could towards the glacier, cramming in cartridges as I ran.

    Three in Norway | James Arthur Lees

British Dictionary definitions for cram (1 of 2)


/ (kræm) /

verbcrams, cramming or crammed
  1. (tr) to force (people, material, etc) into (a room, container, etc) with more than it can hold; stuff

  2. to eat or cause to eat more than necessary

  1. informal to study or cause to study (facts, etc), esp for an examination, by hastily memorizing

  1. the act or condition of cramming

  2. a crush

Origin of cram

Old English crammian; related to Old Norse kremja to press

British Dictionary definitions for Cram (2 of 2)


/ (kræm) /

  1. Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)

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