From Middle English crammen, from Old English crammian (“to cram; stuff”), from Proto-Germanic *krammōną, a secondary verb derived from *krimmaną (“to stuff”), from Proto-Indo-European *ger- (“to assemble; collect; gather”). Compare Old English crimman (“to cram; stuff; insert; press; bruise”), Icelandic kremja (“to squeeze; crush; bruise”).
- Rhymes: -æm
cram (plural crams)
- The act of cramming.
- Information hastily memorized; as, a cram from an examination.
- A warp having more than two threads passing through each dent or split of the reed.
- (dated, British slang) A lie; a falsehood.
1894, Reed, Talbot Baines, Tom, Dick, and Harry, page 107:
- Shut up, and don't tell crams.
- (lie): see Thesaurus:lie
- (transitive) To press, force, or drive, particularly in filling, or in thrusting one thing into another; to stuff; to crowd; to fill to superfluity.
- to cram fruit into a basket; to cram a room with people
- (transitive) To fill with food to satiety; to stuff.
- (transitive) To put hastily through an extensive course of memorizing or study, as in preparation for an examination.
- A pupil is crammed by his tutor.
- To study hard; to swot.
- To eat greedily, and to satiety; to stuff.
- (dated, British slang) To lie; to intentionally not tell the truth.