- Filled near or to capacity: a crowded bus.
- Filled with a crowd: a crowded plaza.
- Filled to such an extent as to be detrimental to the inhabitants: “By the mid-1800s children were being transported on ‘orphan trains’ from crowded eastern slums and institutions to the West” (Mary-Lou Weisman).
(comparative more crowded, superlative most crowded)
- Containing too many of something; teeming.
- Simple past tense and past participle of crowd.
Variant of crowd
- to press, push, or squeeze
- to push one's way (forward, into, through, etc.)
- to come together in a large group; throng
Origin of crowdMiddle English crouden ; from Old English crudan, to press, drive, akin to Middle High German kroten, to oppress ; from Indo-European base an unverified form greut-, to compel, press from source curd, Irish gruth, curdled milk
- to press, push, or shove
- to press or force closely together; cram
- to fill too full; occupy to excess, as by pressing or thronging
- to be or press very near to
- ☆ Baseball to stand very close to (the plate) in batting
- Informal to put (a person) under pressure or stress, as by dunning or harassing
- a large number of people or things gathered closely together
- the common people; the masses
- ☆ Informal a group of people having something in common; set; clique
crowd (on) sail
to put up an unusually large number of sails in order to increase the ship's speed
to force (someone or something) out of a limited space by arriving or appearing there