[ kroud ]
See synonyms for: crowdcrowdedcrowdingcrowds on

  1. a large number of persons gathered closely together; throng: a crowd of angry people.

  2. any large number of persons.

  1. any group or set of persons with something in common: The restaurant attracts a theater crowd.

  2. audience; attendance: Opening night drew a good crowd.

  3. the common people; the masses: He feels superior to the crowd.

  4. a large number of things gathered or considered together.

  5. Sociology. a temporary gathering of people responding to common stimuli and engaged in any of various forms of collective behavior.

verb (used without object)
  1. to gather in large numbers; throng; swarm.

  2. to press forward; advance by pushing.

verb (used with object)
  1. to press closely together; force into a confined space; cram: to crowd clothes into a suitcase.

  2. to push; shove.

  1. to fill to excess; fill by pressing or thronging into.

  2. to place under pressure or stress by constant solicitation: to crowd a debtor for payment; to crowd someone with embarrassing questions.

Idioms about crowd

  1. crowd on sail, Nautical. to carry a press of sail.

Origin of crowd

First recorded before 950; Middle English verb crouden, cruden, croden, Old English crūdan, crēodan “to press, hurry”; cognate with Middle Dutch crūden “to push,” Middle Low German krūden to annoy”

synonym study For crowd

1. Crowd, multitude, swarm, throng refer to large numbers of people. Crowd suggests a jostling, uncomfortable, and possibly disorderly company: A crowd gathered to listen to the speech. Multitude emphasizes the great number of persons or things but suggests that there is space enough for all: a multitude of people at the market on Saturdays. Swarm as used of people is usually contemptuous, suggesting a moving, restless, often noisy, crowd: A swarm of dirty children played in the street. Throng suggests a company that presses together or forward, often with some common aim: The throng pushed forward to see the cause of the excitement.

Grammar notes for crowd

Other words for crowd

Other words from crowd

  • crowder, noun

Words Nearby crowd

Other definitions for crowd (2 of 2)

[ kroud ]

  1. an ancient Celtic musical instrument with the strings stretched over a rectangular frame, played with a bow.

Origin of crowd

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English croud, crouth, from Welsh crwth; see also crwth
  • Also called rota [roh-tuh], /ˈroʊ tə/, rote [roht], /roʊt/, rotta [rot-uh], /ˈrɒt ə/, rotte [rot] /rɒt/ .
  • Also crwth [krooth] /kruθ/ . Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use crowd in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for crowd (1 of 2)


/ (kraʊd) /

  1. a large number of things or people gathered or considered together

  2. a particular group of people, esp considered as a social or business set: the crowd from the office

    • the crowd the common people; the masses

    • (as modifier): crowd ideas

  1. follow the crowd to conform with the majority

  1. (intr) to gather together in large numbers; throng

  2. (tr) to press together into a confined space

  1. (tr) to fill to excess; fill by pushing into

  2. (tr) informal to urge or harass by urging

  3. crowd on sail nautical to hoist as much sail as possible

Origin of crowd

Old English crūdan; related to Middle Low German krūden to molest, Middle Dutch crūden to push, Norwegian kryda to swarm

Derived forms of crowd

  • crowded, adjective
  • crowdedly, adverb
  • crowdedness, noun
  • crowder, noun

British Dictionary definitions for crowd (2 of 2)


/ (kraʊd) /

  1. music an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth

Origin of crowd

C13: from Welsh crwth

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Other Idioms and Phrases with crowd


see follow the crowd; three's a crowd.

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