crowd

\ \ [OE] The notion underlying crowd is of ‘pushing’ or ‘pressing’ (a semantic element shared by throng and of course by the now obsolete use of press for ‘crowd’, and echoed in such current expressions as ‘there’s quite a crush in here’). The Old English verb crūdan meant simply ‘press’, and of its relatives Middle Dutch crūden meant ‘press, push’ and Middle High German kroten meant ‘oppress’. Old English also had a noun crodacrowd’, but this does not seem to be the direct ancestor of the modern English noun, which does not appear until as late as the 16th century, as a derivative of the verb.

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  • Crowd — Crowd, n. [AS. croda. See {Crowd}, v. t. ] 1. A number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each other. [1913 Webster] A crowd of islands. Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. A number of persons congregated or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crowd — crowd1 [kroud] vi. [ME crouden < OE crudan, to press, drive, akin to MHG kroten, to oppress < IE base * greut , to compel, press > CURD, Ir gruth, curdled milk] 1. to press, push, or squeeze 2. to push one s way (forward, into, through,… …   English World dictionary

  • Crowd — (kroud), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crowded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Crowding}.] [OE. crouden, cruden, AS. cr[=u]dan; cf. D. kruijen to push in a wheelbarrow.] 1. To push, to press, to shove. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To press or drive together; to mass… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crowd — Crowd, v. t. To play on a crowd; to fiddle. [Obs.] Fiddlers, crowd on. Massinger. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crowd — 〈[kraʊd] f. 10; Popmus.〉 Publikum bei Popkonzerten, in Diskotheken o. Ä. ● bereits zu den ersten Takten johlte die Crowd [engl., „Menschenmenge“] * * * Crowd [kraʊd], die; , s [engl. crowd < walisisch crwth]: Crwth …   Universal-Lexikon

  • crowd — crowd; crowd·er; crowd·ed·ly; crowd·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • crowd — [n1] large assembly army, array, blowout, bunch, cattle, circle, clique, cloud, cluster, company, concourse, confluence, conflux, congeries, congregation, coterie, crew, crush, deluge, drove, faction, flock, flood, gaggle, great unwashed*, group …   New thesaurus

  • crowd´ed|ly — crowd|ed «KROW dihd», adjective. 1. filled with a crowd. 2. filled; filled too full; packed: »Figurative. One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name (Scott). 3. close together; too close together. –crowd´ed|ly …   Useful english dictionary

  • crowd|ed — «KROW dihd», adjective. 1. filled with a crowd. 2. filled; filled too full; packed: »Figurative. One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name (Scott). 3. close together; too close together. –crowd´ed|ly …   Useful english dictionary

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