Crambo
Crambo Cram"bo (-b[-o]), n. [Cf. {Cramp}, a., difficult.] 1. A game in which one person gives a word, to which another finds a rhyme. [1913 Webster]

I saw in one corner . . . a cluster of men and women, diverting themselves with a game at crambo. I heard several double rhymes . . . which raised a great deal of mirth. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. A word rhyming with another word. [1913 Webster]

His similes in order set And every crambo he could get. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{Dumb crambo}, a game in which one party of players give a word which rhymes with another, which last to be guessed by the opposing party, who represent in dumb show what they think it to be. [1913 Webster]


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  • Crambo — is an old rhyming game which, according to Strutt,[1] was played as early as the fourteenth century under the name of the ABC of Aristotle. It is also known as Capping the rhyme. The name may also be used to describe a doggerel poem which… …   Wikipedia

  • crambo — s. m. [Entomologia] Inseto lepidóptero pirálide …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • crambo — [kram′bō΄] n. [< ? L crambe, cabbage (as in crambe repetita, lit., cabbage repeatedly served, hence repeated story, old tale) < Gr krambē] an old game in which players find rhymes for words or lines of verse given by each other …   English World dictionary

  • crambo — /kram boh/, n., pl. cramboes. 1. a game in which one person or side must find a rhyme to a word or a line of verse given by another. 2. inferior rhyme. [1600 10; earlier crambe < L crambe repetita phrase used by Juvenal in reference to… …   Universalium

  • crambo —   n. game in which a rhyme has to be found to a given word.    ♦ dumb crambo, form of crambo in which rhyming words are acted in dumb show …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • crambo — noun (plural cramboes) Etymology: alteration of earlier crambe, from Latin, cabbage, from Greek krambē Date: 1660 a game in which one player gives a word or line of verse to be matched in rhyme by other players …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crambo — noun A guessing game in which players guess words that rhyme with a clue word, seeking a word that is kept secret or concealed …   Wiktionary

  • crambo — n. game in which rhyme must be found for given word …   English contemporary dictionary

  • crambo — noun a game in which a player gives a word or line of verse to which other players must find a rhyme. Origin C17: from earlier crambe cabbage , appar. from L. crambe repetita cabbage served up again , applied by the Roman satirist Juvenal to… …   English new terms dictionary

  • crambo — cram·bo …   English syllables

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