I. verb 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 intransitive verb 1. 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.


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