crowd

1
[ kroud ]
/ kraʊd /

noun

verb (used without object)

to gather in large numbers; throng; swarm.
to press forward; advance by pushing.

verb (used with object)

Idioms

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

Origin of crowd

1
before 950; Middle English crowden, Old English crūden to press, hurry; cognate with Middle Dutch crūden to push (Dutch kruien)

Related forms

crowd·er, noun

Synonym study

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.

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Definition for crowd (2 of 2)

crowd

2
[ kroud ]
/ kraʊd /

noun

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

Origin of crowd

2
1275–1325; Middle English crowd(e), variant of crouth < Welsh crwth crwth
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British Dictionary definitions for crowd (1 of 2)

crowd

1
/ (kraʊd) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

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)

crowd

2
/ (kraʊd) /

noun

music an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth

Word Origin for crowd

C13: from Welsh crwth
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Idioms and Phrases with crowd

crowd


see follow the crowd; three's a crowd.

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