See also: gate-crash and gate crash



gate +‎ crash


  • (Singaporean English) IPA(key): /ˈɡeɪtkɹaʃ/
  • Rhymes: -æʃ


gatecrash (third-person singular simple present gatecrashes, present participle gatecrashing, simple past and past participle gatecrashed)

  1. To attend a social event without having been invited, or without having paid.

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gatecrash (usually uncountable, plural gatecrashes)

  1. An instance of gatecrashing a party, event, etc.
  2. (Asian English) Part of a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony in which the groom and his groomsmen complete several difficult or embarrassing tasks prepared by the bridesmaids to prove his love for the bride.
    • 2015 October 5, Felicia Tan, “Modern alternatives to wedding traditions”, in Her World Brides Singapore[1]:
      We’ve heard of stories of grooms getting nervous before their big day – not because they’re afraid of botching their vows, or welling up in unmanly but happy tears – but because of the tasks that await them during the gatecrashing ceremony.
    • 2015 December 15, Lisa Twang, “Star Wars weddings hit Singapore”, in The New Paper Singapore[2]:
      For their wedding day, Mr Koh, who's 33 and works in marketing, arrived at his bride's house for the gatecrashing ceremony wearing a Darth Vader mask, while his groomsmen were decked out in Jedi robes.
    • 2016 June 12, Benson Ang, “Gladiator groomsmen”, in The Straits Times[3]:
      During the 30-minute gatecrash, Mr Lee and his groomsmen did challenges such as forming a human pyramid and dancing to pop tunes such as Britney Spears' Toxic.
    • 2016 November 6, Kimberly Lim, “Wedding gatecrashers: Putting love to the test”, in The New Paper Singapore[4]:
      Madam Quek says: "Because my husband and most of the groomsmen are not Chinese, it was their first time experiencing a Chinese wedding gatecrash."