Queue vs Crowd - What's the difference?

queue | crowd |

As nouns the difference between queue and crowd

is that queue is cue while crowd is a group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order or crowd can be (obsolete) a crwth, an ancient celtic plucked string instrument.

As a verb crowd is

to press forward; to advance by pushing or crowd can be (obsolete|intransitive) to play on a crowd; to fiddle.



(wikipedia queue)


(en noun)
  • (heraldry) An animal's tail.
  • * 1863 , Charles Boutell, A Manual of Heraldry , p. 369:
  • HESSE: Az., a lion, queue fourchée, rampt., barry of ten, arg. and gu., crowned, or, and holding in his dexter paw a sword, ppr., hilt and pommel, gold.
  • * 1889 , (Arthur Conan Doyle), Micah Clarke , :
  • , there were seated astraddle the whole hundred of the baronet's musqueteers, each engaged in plaiting into a queue the hair of the man who sat in front of him.
  • * 1912 , :
  • A large number of loyal officials, rather than shave the front part of the head and wear the Manchu queue , voluntarily shaved the whole head,
  • * 1967 , William Styron, The Confessions of Nat Turner , Vintage 2004, p. 176:
  • Caparisoned for a week in purple velvet knee-length pantaloons, a red silk jacket with buckles of shiny brass, and a white goat's-hair wig which culminated behind in a saucy queue , I must have presented an exotic sight [...].
  • A line of people, vehicles or other objects, in which one at the front end is t with first, the one behind is dealt with next, and so on, and which newcomers join at the opposite end (the back).
  • * 1916 , ,
  • I was absent-minded at the moment and was last in the queue .
  • A waiting list or other means of organizing people or objects into a first-come-first-served order.
  • (computing) A data structure in which objects are added to one end, called the tail, and removed from the other, called the head (- a FIFO queue). The term can also refer to a LIFO queue or stack where these ends coincide.
  • * 2005 , David Flanagan, Java in a Nutshell , p. 234,
  • Queue implementations are commonly based on insertion order as in first-in, first-out (FIFO) queues or last-in, first-out queues (LIFO queues are also known as stacks).


    * line (North America)

    Derived terms

    * double-ended queue * queueing theory * queue-jump * jump the queue


  • (British) To put oneself or itself at the end of a waiting line.
  • (British) To arrange themselves into a physical waiting queue.
  • (computing) To add to a queue data structure.
  • To fasten the hair into a queue.
  • * 1968 , Francis Russell, The American Heritage History of the Making of the Nation
  • Though Monroe the man has become a vague anachronistic figure in knee breeches and with queued , powdered hair, his name is perpetuated in the Monroe Doctrine, evoked by him as a temporary response to an immediate crisis.
  • * 1820 , Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • The sons, in short square skirted coats with rows of stupendous brass buttons, and their hair generally queued in the fashion of the times, especially if they could procure an eel skin for the purpose, it being esteemed throughout the country as potent nourisher and strengthener of the hair.


    * (place itself at the end of a queue) join a queue, join the queue, line up

    Derived terms

    * dequeue * enqueue * queue up

    See also

    * FIFO * LIFO * cue ----



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch kruien.


    (en verb)
  • To press forward; to advance by pushing.
  • The man crowded into the packed room.
  • To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng.
  • They crowded through the archway and into the park.
  • * Addison:
  • The whole company crowded about the fire.
  • * Macaulay:
  • Images came crowding on his mind faster than he could put them into words.
  • To press or drive together, especially into a small space; to cram.
  • He tried to crowd too many cows into the cow-pen.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Crowd us and crush us.
  • To fill by pressing or thronging together.
  • * Prescott
  • The balconies and verandas were crowded with spectators, anxious to behold their future sovereign.
  • To push, to press, to shove.
  • tried to crowd her off the sidewalk
  • * 2006 , Lanna Nakone, Every Child Has a Thinking Style (ISBN 0399532463), page 73:
  • Alexis's mementos and numerous dance trophies were starting to crowd her out of her little bedroom.
  • (nautical) To approach another ship too closely when it has right of way.
  • To carry excessive sail in the hope of moving faster.
  • To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably.
  • Derived terms
    * crowd control * crowd manipulation * crowd out * crowd psychology * crowd sail


    (en noun)
  • A group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order.
  • :
  • *
  • *:Athelstan Arundel walked homeHe walked the whole way, walking through crowds , and under the noses of dray-horses, carriage-horses, and cart-horses, without taking the least notice of them.
  • *
  • *:He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance.she found her mother standing up before the seat on which she had sat all the evening searching anxiously for her with her eyes, and her father by her side.
  • Several things collected or closely pressed together; also, some things adjacent to each other.
  • :
  • (lb) The so-called lower orders of people; the populace, vulgar.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • *:To fool the crowd with glorious lies.
  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:He went not with the crowd to see a shrine.
  • A group of people united or at least characterised by a common interest.
  • :
  • Synonyms
    * (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
    Derived terms
    * crowd catch * crowd-pleaser * crowd-puller * work the crowd

    Etymology 2

    Celtic, from Welsh crwth.


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A crwth, an Ancient Celtic plucked string instrument.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • A lackey that can warble upon a crowd a little.
  • (now dialectal) A fiddle.
  • * 1819': wandering palmers, hedge-priests, Saxon minstrels, and Welsh bards, were muttering prayers, and extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, '''crowds , and rotes. — Walter Scott, ''Ivanhoe
  • * 1684': That keep their consciences in cases, / As fiddlers do with ' crowds and bases — Samuel Butler, "Hudibras"
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To play on a crowd; to fiddle.
  • * Massinger
  • Fiddlers, crowd on.


    (Webster 1913)