Etymology: Middle English crouden, from Old English crūdan; akin to Middle High German kroten to crowd, Old English crod multitude, Middle Irish gruth curds
Date: before 12th century
a. to press on ; hurry
b. to press close <the players crowded around the coach> 2. to collect in numbers transitive verb 1. a. to fill by pressing or thronging together <a room crowded with children> b. to press, force, or thrust into a small space 2. push, force — often used with off or out <crowd a person off the sidewalk> 3. a. to urge on b. to put on (sail) in excess of the usual for greater speed 4. to put pressure on <don't crowd me, I'll pay> 5. throng, jostle 6. to press or stand close to <the batter was crowding the plate> II. noun Date: 1565 1. a large number of persons especially when collected together ; throng 2. a. the great body of the people ; populace b. most of one's peers <follow the crowd> 3. a large number of things close together <I saw a crowd…of golden daffodils — William Wordsworth> 4. a group of people having something (as a habit, interest, or occupation) in common <in with the wrong crowd> <the Hollywood crowd> Synonyms: crowd, throng, crush, mob, horde mean an assembled multitude usually of people. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together <a small crowd gathered>. throng strongly suggests movement and pushing <a throng of reporters>. crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort <a crush of fans>. mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence <an angry mob outside the jail>. horde suggests a rushing or tumultuous crowd <a horde of shoppers>. III. noun Etymology: Middle English crowde, from Middle Welsh crwth Date: 14th century 1. an ancient Celtic stringed instrument that is plucked or bowed — called also crwth 2. dialect England violin
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.