verb (used with or without object)

to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.

Origin of overcrowd

First recorded in 1760–70; over- + crowd1




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
Related formscrowd·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·crowd·ed, adjectiveo·ver·crowd·ed·ly, adverbo·ver·crowd·ed·ness, nounun·crowd·ed, adjective
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Related Words for overcrowded

jam-packed, full, overflowing, stuffed, overpopulated

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British Dictionary definitions for overcrowded



(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



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

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