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Meaning of crowd by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /kraʊd/
    • Rhymes: -aʊd

    Etymology 1

    From Old English crūdan. Cognate with Dutch kruien .


    crowd ( third-person singular simple present crowds present participle crowding, simple past and past participle crowded )

    1. ( transitive ) To push, to press, to shove .
    2. ( transitive ) To press or drive together; to mass together .
    3. ( transitive ) To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity .
    4. ( transitive ) To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably .
    5. ( nautical ) To approach another ship too closely when it has right of way
    6. ( intransitive ) To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng
    7. ( intransitive ) To urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room
    8. ( nautical ) ( of a square-rigged ship ) ( transitive ) To carry excessive sail
    Derived terms


    crowd ( plural: crowds )

    1. A group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order .
      After the movie let out, a crowd of people pushed through the exit doors .
    2. Several things collected or closely pressed together; also, some things adjacent to each other .
      There was a crowd of toys pushed beneath the couch where the children were playing .
    3. ( with definite article ) The so-called lower orders of people; the populace, vulgar .
      To fool the crowd with glorious lies. --Tennyson .
      He went not with the crowd to see a shrine. -- Dryden .
    4. A group of people united or at least characterised by a common interest .
      That obscure author's fans were a nerdy crowd which hardly ever interacted before the Internet age .
    • ( group of things ): aggregation, cluster, group, mass
    • ( group of people ): audience, group, multitude, public, swarm, throng
    • ( the "lower orders" of people ): everyone, general public, masses, rabble, mob, unwashed
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    Etymology 2

    Celtic, from Welsh crwth .


    crowd ( plural: crowds )

    1. ( obsolete ) A crwth, an Ancient Celtic plucked string instrument .
    2. ( now dialectal ) A fiddle.

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Explanation of crowd by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to gather together in large numbers

    2. men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah
    3. cause to herd, drive, or crowd together

    4. approach a certain age or speed

    5. fill or occupy to the point of overflowing

    6. The students crowded the auditorium
    1. a large number of things or people considered together

    2. a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers
    3. an informal body of friends

    4. he still hangs out with the same crowd