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crowd

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old English crūdan. Cognate with Dutch kruien.

VerbEdit

crowd (third-person singular simple present crowds, present participle crowding, simple past and past participle crowded)

  1. (transitive) To push, to press, to shove.
  2. (transitive) To press or drive together; to mass together.
    • Shakespeare
      Crowd us and crush us.
  3. (transitive) To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity.
    • Prescott
      The balconies and verandas were crowded with spectators, anxious to behold their future sovereign.
  4. (transitive) To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably.
  5. (nautical) To approach another ship too closely when it has right of way
  6. (intransitive) To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng
    • Addison
      The whole company crowded about the fire.
    • Macaulay
      Images came crowding on his mind faster than he could put them into words.
  7. (intransitive) To urge or press forward; to force oneself.
    A man crowds into a room.
  8. (nautical) (of a square-rigged ship) (transitive) To carry excessive sail
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NounEdit

crowd (plural crowds)

  1. A group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order.
    After the movie let out, a crowd of people pushed through the exit doors.
    • 1893, Walter Besant, “Prologue”, in The Ivory Gate:
      Athelstan Arundel walked home […], foaming and raging. [] He 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.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall, The Squire's Daughter, ch.I:
      He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. [] But she said she must go back, and when they joined the crowd again [] 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.
  2. Several things collected or closely pressed together; also, some things adjacent to each other.
    There was a crowd of toys pushed beneath the couch where the children were playing.
  3. (with definite article) The so-called lower orders of people; the populace, vulgar.
    • Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
      To fool the crowd with glorious lies.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
      He went not with the crowd to see a shrine.
  4. A group of people united or at least characterised by a common interest.
    That obscure author's fans were a nerdy crowd which hardly ever interacted before the Internet age.
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Etymology 2Edit

Celtic, from Welsh crwth.

NounEdit

crowd (plural crowds)

  1. (obsolete) A crwth, an Ancient Celtic plucked string instrument.
    • Ben Jonson
      A lackey that [] can warble upon a crowd a little.
  2. (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"

VerbEdit

crowd (third-person singular simple present crowds, present participle crowding, simple past and past participle crowded)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To play on a crowd; to fiddle.
    • Massinger
      Fiddlers, crowd on.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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