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cram

[kram]
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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.).
  3. to fill with or as with an excessive amount of food; overfeed.
  4. Informal.
    1. to prepare (a person), as for an examination, by having him or her memorize information within a short period of time.
    2. to acquire knowledge of (a subject) by so preparing oneself.
  5. Archaic. to tell lies to.
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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.
  3. to press or force accommodation in a room, vehicle, etc., beyond normal or comfortable capacity; crowd; jam: The whole team crammed into the bus.
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noun
  1. Informal. the act of cramming for an examination.
  2. a crammed state.
  3. a dense crowd; throng.
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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

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Examples from the Web for cramming

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  • Do look at Broadbent cramming his spiritual pabulum into that girl's mouth.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • 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

    Susan Coolidge


British Dictionary definitions for cramming

cram

verb crams, 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
  3. informal to study or cause to study (facts, etc), esp for an examination, by hastily memorizing
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noun
  1. the act or condition of cramming
  2. a crush
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Word Origin

Old English crammian; related to Old Norse kremja to press

Cram

noun
  1. Steve. born 1960, English middle-distance runner: European 1500 m champion (1981, 1986); world 1500 m champion (1983)
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Word Origin and History for cramming

cram

v.

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.

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