verb (used without object)

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

verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. crow-pheasant,
  2. crowbait,
  3. crowbar,
  4. crowberry,
  5. crowboot,
  6. crowd pleaser,
  7. crowd puller,
  8. crowd surf,
  9. crowd-pleaser,
  10. crowded


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

Origin of crowd

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

Related formscrowd·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.

Usage note




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

Origin of crowd

1275–1325; Middle English crowd(e), variant of crouth < Welsh crwth crwth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crowd

British Dictionary definitions for crowd




a large number of things or people gathered or considered together
a particular group of people, esp considered as a social or business setthe crowd from the office
  1. the crowdthe common people; the masses
  2. (as modifier)crowd ideas
follow the crowd to conform with the majority


(intr) to gather together in large numbers; throng
(tr) to press together into a confined space
(tr) to fill to excess; fill by pushing into
(tr) informal to urge or harass by urging
crowd on sail nautical to hoist as much sail as possible
Derived Formscrowded, 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


music an ancient bowed stringed instrument; crwth

Word Origin for crowd

C13: from Welsh crwth

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Word Origin and History for crowd
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with crowd


see follow the crowd; three's a crowd.

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