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
Synonyms for cram
Related Words for cramsload, wedge, shove, crowd, ram, stuff, squeeze, pack, overcrowd, force, choke, thrust, guzzle, overeat, compact, slop, crush, charge, jam, satiate
Examples from the Web for crams
Contemporary Examples of crams
A frustrated and untalented artist, Bary crams way too many words in a single sentence for a single line.An ISIS Killer in His Own Awful Words
September 3, 2014
Sutherland cuts and crams facts and opinions into his tight confines.John Sutherland‘s Enjoyable Little History of Literature
November 29, 2013
Historical Examples of crams
Into this he crams a heavy charge of powder and waits for the dawn.Poachers and Poaching
I have no doubt the man stuffs and crams himself at her cost.A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3)
Frances Eleanor Trollope
Every one knows that the mother, (saucy as the daughter sometimes is,) crams him down her throat.Clarissa, Volume 7
The student who "crams" for an examination makes no permanent addition "Cramming" and "Willing" to his knowledge.The Trained Memory
He crams into his bag indiscriminately the last vaudeville, the last sermon of the Archbishop, and the last essay of the Academy.
verb crams, cramming or crammed
Word Origin for cram
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.