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crowd 1

1. A large number of persons gathered together; a throng.
2. The common people; the populace.
3. A group of people united by a common characteristic, as age, interest, or vocation: the over-30 crowd.
4. A group of people attending a public function; an audience: The play drew a small but appreciative crowd.
5. A large number of things positioned or considered together.
v. crowd·ed, crowd·ing, crowds
1. To gather together in a limited space: The children crowded around the TV.
2. To move forward by pressing or shoving: A bevy of reporters crowded toward the candidate.
1. To force by pressing or shoving: Police crowded the spectators back to the viewing stand.
2. To force away by taking up space; displace: Urban sprawl crowded the farmers out of the valley.
3. To draw or stand very near or too near to: The batter crowded the plate. Please don't crowd me.
4. To press, cram, or force tightly together: crowded the clothes into the closet.
5. To fill or occupy to overflowing: Books crowded the shelves.
6. Informal To put pressure on; assail: Dark thoughts were crowding him.
crowd (on) sail Nautical
To spread a large amount of sail to increase speed.

[From Middle English crowden, to crowd, press, from Old English crūdan, to hasten, press.]

crowd′er n.
Synonyms: crowd1, crush, flock1, horde, mob, throng
These nouns denote a large group of people gathered close to one another: a crowd of well-wishers; a crush of autograph seekers; a flock of schoolchildren; a horde of demonstrators; a mob of hard-rock enthusiasts; throngs of tourists.

crowd 2

 (kroud, kro͞od)
1. An ancient Celtic stringed instrument that was bowed or plucked. Also called crwth.
2. Chiefly British A fiddle.

[Middle English croud, from Middle Welsh crwth.]


See also mob.

a mania for crowds. Also called ochlomania.
a fondness for crowds. — demophil, demophile. n.
an abnormal fear of crowds. Also called ochlophobia.
government by the mob; the mob as ruler or dominant force in society. — mobocrat, n. — mobocratic, adj.
an ancient military formation of serried ranks surrounded by shields; hence, any crowded mass of people or group united for a common purpose.




  1. About as much privacy as a statue in the park —Anon
  2. As lacking in privacy as a goldfish —Anon
  3. Bunched and jammed together as solidly as the bristles in a brush —Mark Twain
  4. Came crowding like the waves of ocean, one on the other —Lord Byron
  5. Clustering like a swarm of bees —Amy Lowell
  6. Crowded like a view of Venice —Frank O’Hara
  7. Crowded [stores] like tightly woven multi-colored carpet of people —Richard J. Meislin, New York Times
  8. The crowd in the lobby [of a hotel] was frozen in poses like the chorus at the curtain of a musical comedy —Vicki Baum
  9. The crowd scattered in all directions, like a flock of chickens among which a stone had been thrown —Aharon Megged
  10. Feel like a pressed flower —Edith Wharton
  11. Flocking … like geese —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  12. (The public was) flowing in like a river —Enid Bagnold
  13. Huddle together like birds in a storm —Robert Graves
  14. Jostled like two steers in the stock yards —A. R. Guerney, Jr.
  15. Loaded up like a garbage truck —Paige Mitchell
  16. Man … still, like a hen, he likes his private run —W. H. Auden
  17. Men milled everywhere, like cattle in a lightning storm —James Crumley
  18. Mobs in their emotions are much like children, subject to the same tantrums and fits of fury —Euripides
  19. No more privacy than a traffic cop —Anon
  20. [People] packed as closely as herring in a barrel —Sholom Aleichem
  21. Packed like a cattle pen —Paige Mitchell
  22. The people bunched like cattle in a storm —James Crumley
  23. People [on train] … hanging from straps like sides of beef on a hook —Julio CortÁzar
  24. People [at a party] … packed tight as a rugby scrum —Nadine Gordimer

    If Gordimer’s story The Smell of Death and Flowers had been set in America, it might have had a football lineup for the rugby scrum.

  25. People streaming from the plane like busy insects on the march —Sylvia Berkman
  26. Stood packed like matches in an upright box —William Faulkner
  27. Swarm like bees —Anon
  28. Swarm like summer flies —William Shakespeare
  29. (Apartments) tenanted tight as hen-houses —Barbara Howes
  30. (Surrounded by militia … ) thick as aphids —Derek Lambert
References in classic literature ?
In crowds the young men came to gather about the feet of an old man who sat beneath a tree in a tiny garden and who talked to them.
It had been determined between them that the Old World, with its crowds and cities, offered them a more eligible shelter and concealment than the wilds of New England or all America, with its alternatives of an Indian wigwam, or the few settlements of Europeans scattered thinly along the sea-board.
here come more crowds, pacing straight for the water, and seemingly bound for a dive.
THE CHASE--THIRD DAY The morning of the third day dawned fair and fresh, and once more the solitary night-man at the fore-mast-head was relieved by crowds of the daylight look-outs, who dotted every mast and almost every spar.
I had never been used to London, and the noise, the hurry, the crowds of horses, carts, and carriages that I had to make my way through made me feel anxious and harassed; but I soon found that I could perfectly trust my driver, and then I made myself easy and got used to it.
They would come in crowds and fill themselves with a fine dinner, and then sneak off.
His stand was in the center of the widest part of the valley; and it took all that space to hold his crowds.
The moon was bright, and the light and shadow very strong; and nothing could be more picturesque than those curving streets, with their rows of huge high gables leaning far over toward each other in a friendly gossiping way, and the crowds below drifting through the alternating blots of gloom and mellow bars of moonlight.
The preaching was going on under the same kinds of sheds, only they was bigger and held crowds of people.
Angelo less cordially, since he disliked crowds, and did not drink the powerful intoxicants of America.
In the scattered situations where shops appear, those shops are not besieged by the crowds of more populous thoroughfares.
Under the over-swinging lamps--swinging ever brighter in the better streets, and ever dimmer in the worse--and by lighted shops, gay crowds, illuminated coffee-houses, and theatre-doors, to one of the city gates.