overcrowd

[oh-ver-kroud]

verb (used with or without object)

to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.

Nearby words

  1. overconsumption,
  2. overcook,
  3. overcorrection,
  4. overcritical,
  5. overcrop,
  6. overcrowded,
  7. overcrowding,
  8. overcurrent,
  9. overdate,
  10. overdelicate

Origin of overcrowd

First recorded in 1760–70; over- + crowd1

crowded

[krou-did]

adjective

filled to excess; packed.
filled with a crowd: crowded streets.
uncomfortably close together: crowded passengers on a bus.

Origin of crowded

First recorded in 1605–15; crowd1 + -ed2

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British Dictionary definitions for overcrowded

overcrowd

verb

(tr) to fill (a room, vehicle, city, etc) with more people or things than is desirable
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Word Origin and History for overcrowded

overcrowd

v.

1766, from over- + crowd (v.). Related: Overcrowded; overcrowding.

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