[ kroud ]
/ kraʊd /
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verb (used without object)
to gather in large numbers; throng; swarm.
to press forward; advance by pushing.
verb (used with object)
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Idioms about crowd

    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


crowder, noun

Other definitions for crowd (2 of 2)

[ kroud ]
/ kraʊd /

noun Music.
an ancient Celtic musical instrument with the strings stretched over a rectangular frame, played with a bow.
Also crwth [krooth] /kruθ/ .
Also called rota [roh-tuh], /ˈroʊ tə/, rote [roht], /roʊt/, rotta [rot-uh], /ˈrɒt ə/, rotte [rot] /rɒt/ .

Origin of crowd

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English croud, crouth, from Welsh crwth; see also crwth
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What is a basic definition of crowd?

A crowd is a large group of people or an audience. Crowd also means to cram closely together. Crowd has several other senses as a noun and a verb.

The word crowd can be used to describe any large group of people. Often, crowd is used to specifically mean that the people are standing close together. If a location has a large number of people in a small area, it is said to be crowded.

  • Real-life examples: A protest often involves a crowd of angry people. Crowds are often broken up when they get too large and unruly. You are very likely to see huge crowds in large cities like Los Angeles or in popular amusement parks like Disney World.
  • Used in a sentence: My sister got lost in the crowd of businesspeople boarding the subway car. 

In this sense, crowd is used as a verb to mean to gather together in large numbers.

  • Used in a sentence: We crowded around the trained monkey to watch it dance. 

Crowd is also used to mean an audience, even if not many people are in the audience.

  • Real-life examples: Musicians, circus performers, actors, and comedians perform in front of a crowd. Politicians often give speeches to a crowd. Every producer wants to attract a large crowd to a show so they make more money.
  • Used in a sentence: She received a standing ovation from the crowd. 

Crowd can also specifically mean a group of people who have something in common.

  • Used in a sentence: I don’t really fit in with this artsy crowd. 

As a verb, crowd means to pack or cram closely together in a tight space.

  • Used in a sentence: Twelve clowns crowded into the tiny car.

Where does crowd come from?

The first records of crowd come from before 950. It ultimately comes from the Old English crūden, meaning “to press” or “to hurry.”

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What are some other forms related to crowd?

  • crowded (adjective)
  • crowder (noun)

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How is crowd used in real life?

Crowd is a common word that most often means a large group of people.



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British Dictionary definitions for crowd (1 of 2)

/ (kraʊd) /


Derived forms of crowd

crowded, adjectivecrowdedly, adverbcrowdedness, nouncrowder, noun

Word Origin for crowd

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

British Dictionary definitions for crowd (2 of 2)

/ (kraʊd) /

music an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth

Word Origin for crowd

C13: from Welsh crwth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with crowd


see follow the crowd; three's a crowd.

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