From (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch kruien.
To press forward; to advance by pushing.
To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng.
- The man crowded into the packed room.
- They crowded through the archway and into the park.
- The whole company crowded about the fire.
To press or drive together, especially into a small space; to cram.
- Images came crowding on his mind faster than he could put them into words.
- He tried to crowd too many cows into the cow-pen.
To fill by pressing or thronging together.
- Crowd us and crush us.
To push, to press, to shove.
- The balconies and verandas were crowded with spectators, anxious to behold their future sovereign.
* 2006 , Lanna Nakone, Every Child Has a Thinking Style (ISBN 0399532463), page 73:
- tried to crowd her off the sidewalk
(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.
- Alexis's mementos and numerous dance trophies were starting to crowd her out of her little bedroom.
* crowd control
* crowd manipulation
* crowd out
* crowd psychology
* crowd sail
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.
*: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.
* (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
* crowd catch
* work the crowd
Celtic, from Welsh crwth.
(obsolete) A crwth, an Ancient Celtic plucked string instrument.
* Ben Jonson
(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"
- A lackey that can warble upon a crowd a little.
(obsolete) To play on a crowd; to fiddle.
- Fiddlers, crowd on.
Containing too many occupants for an area of its size.