Crap vs Cram - What's the difference?

crap | cram |

As a noun cram is

the act of cramming.

As a verb cram is

to ; as, to cram anything into a basket; to cram a room with people.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) crappe, also in plural: crappen, crappys, . Related to (l).


  • (obsolete) The husk of grain; chaff.
  • (slang) Something of poor quality.
  • The long-running game show went from offering good prizes to crap in no time.
  • (slang, vulgar) Something that is rubbish; nonsense.
  • The college student boasted of completing a 10,000-word essay on Shakespeare, but the professor judged it as utter crap .
  • (slang, vulgar) Faeces or feces.
  • (slang, vulgar, countable) An act of defecation.
  • ''I have to take a crap
  • (slang) Useless object or entity.
  • What is that?'' ''It's just a bunch of crap


  • (vulgar, slang) To defecate.
  • Derived terms
    * crap on - (UK) To talk at length in a foolish or boring way. * To crap something out: to damage or destroy something.


  • (chiefly, UK, colloquial, somewhat, vulgar) Of poor quality.
  • I drove an old crap car for ten years before buying a new one.
    Alternative forms
    * crappy (chiefly, North America)
    * lousy * shit * shite * bollocks * piss * fuck * Deuce


    (en interjection)
  • (slang) Expression of worry, fear, shock, surprise, disgust, annoyance or dismay.
  • Oh crap! The other driver's going to hit my car!
    Crap! I lost the game.
    What the crap ?!
    Aw, crap , I have to start over again from the beginning of the level.

    Etymology 2

    From "crab's eyes"


    (en noun)
  • (gambling) A losing throw of 2, 3 or 12 in craps.
  • Derived terms
    * crap out * crapola * crapulation






    (en noun)
  • The act of cramming.
  • Information hastily memorized; as, a cram from an examination.
  • A warp having more than two threads passing through each dent or split of the reed.
  • Verb

  • To ; as, to cram anything into a basket; to cram a room with people.
  • To fill with food to ; to stuff.
  • To put through an extensive course of memorizing or study, as in preparation for an examination; as, a pupil is crammed by his tutor.
  • .
  • To , and to satiety; to stuff.
  • To make crude or study.
  • Derived terms

    * cram school


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