What does crowd mean?

Definitions for crowd

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word crowd.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crowdnoun

    a large number of things or people considered together

    "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"

  2. crowd, crew, gang, bunchverb

    an informal body of friends

    "he still hangs out with the same crowd"

  3. herd, crowdverb

    cause to herd, drive, or crowd together

    "We herded the children into a spare classroom"

  4. crowdverb

    fill or occupy to the point of overflowing

    "The students crowded the auditorium"

  5. crowd, crowd togetherverb

    to gather together in large numbers

    "men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah"

  6. push, crowdverb

    approach a certain age or speed

    "She is pushing fifty"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CROWDnoun

    Etymology: cruð, Saxon.

    He could then compare the confusion of a multitude to that tumult he had observed in the Icarian sea, dashing and breaking among its crowd of islands. Essay on Homer.

    He went not with the crowd to see a shrine,
    But fed us by the way, with food divine. John Dryden, Fables.

    His fiddle is your proper purchase,
    Won in the service of the churches;
    And by your doom must be allow’d
    To be, or be no more, a crowd. Hudibras, p. i. cant. 2.

  2. To Crowdverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    A mind which is ever crowding its memory with things which it learns, may cramp the invention itself. Isaac Watts.

    The time misorder’d, doth in common sense
    Crowd us and crush us to this monstrous form,
    To hold our safety up. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    It seems probable, that the sea doth still grow narrower from age to age, and sinks more within its channel and the bowels of the earth, according as it can make its way into all those subterraneous cavities, and crowd the air out of them. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    As the mind itself is thought to take up no space, so its actions seem to require no time; but many of them seem to be crowded into an instant. John Locke.

    Then let us fill
    This little interval, this pause of life,
    With all the virtues we can crowd into it. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    How short is life! Why will vain courtiers toil,
    And crowd a vainer monarch for a smile? George Granville.

  3. To Crowdverb

    They follow their undaunted king;
    Crowd through their gates; and in the fields of light,
    The shocking squadrons meet in mortal fight. John Dryden, Virgil.

    A mighty man, had not some cunning sin,
    Amidst so many virtues, crowded in. Abraham Cowley, Davideis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crowdverb

    to push, to press, to shove

  2. Crowdverb

    to press or drive together; to mass together

  3. Crowdverb

    to fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity

  4. Crowdverb

    to press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably

  5. Crowdverb

    to press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng

  6. Crowdverb

    to urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room

  7. Crowdverb

    a number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each other

  8. Crowdverb

    a number of persons congregated or collected into a close body without order; a throng

  9. Crowdverb

    the lower orders of people; the populace; the vulgar; the rabble; the mob

  10. Crowdnoun

    an ancient instrument of music with six strings; a kind of violin, being the oldest known stringed instrument played with a bow

  11. Crowdverb

    to play on a crowd; to fiddle

  12. Etymology: [W. crwth; akin to Gael. cruit. Perh. named from its shape, and akin to Gr. kyrto`s curved, and E. curve. Cf. Rote.]


  1. Crowd

    A crowd is a small and definable group of people, while "the crowd" is referred to as the so-called lower orders of people in general. A crowd may be definable through a common purpose or set of emotions, such as at a political rally, at a sports event, or during looting, or simply be made up of many people going about their business in a busy area. Everybody in the context of general public or the common people is normally referred to as the masses.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crowd

    krowd, n. a number of persons or things closely pressed together, without order: the rabble: multitude.—v.t. to gather into a lump or crowd: to fill by pressing or driving together: to compress.—v.i. to press on: to press together in numbers: to swarm.—p.adj. Crowd′ed.—Crowd sail, to carry a press of sail for speed. [A.S. crúdan, to press.]

  2. Crowd

    krowd, n. (obs.) an ancient musical instrument of the nature of the violin.—n. Crowd′er (obs.), a fiddler. [W. crwth, a hollow protuberance, a fiddle; Gael., Ir. cruit.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Crowd

    Theatrical slang for members of a company collectively.

Matched Categories

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crowd' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2384

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crowd' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3466

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'crowd' in Nouns Frequency: #826

How to pronounce crowd?

How to say crowd in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of crowd in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of crowd in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of crowd in a Sentence

  1. Laurence Wormald:

    Crowding and herding is the big problem with smart-beta, the illusion of being able to permanently depress the risk on equities through smart-beta or minimum-variance strategies has been very, very appealing, and a lot of money has piled in, but that delusion cannot be kept up because it's based on a strategy that doesn't work when the crowd arrives.

  2. Steve Kerr:

    This is very temporary, you heard the crowd when he checked in. Draymond has been our heart and soul for a long time.

  3. Olena Osipov of iFOODreal.com:

    Boneless turkey breast roast is the perfect main entrée if you are feeding a smaller crowd over the holidays, this method of stuffing the turkey breast with garlic, then rubbing it with fresh herbs is a nod to my Ukrainian roots where Mom cooked roasts the same way. They always turned out flavorful and this does, too.

  4. James Sasinowski:

    This was intentional, it was aggressive and he accelerated into a crowd of protesters. He could have waited for us to pass or he could have gone slowly. We would have allowed him to go through.

  5. Kyle Edmund:

    He qualified for the French Open and beat home player Stephane Robert with the whole crowd against him.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for crowd

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for crowd »


Find a translation for the crowd definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these crowd definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "crowd." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 7 Dec. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/crowd>.

    Are we missing a good definition for crowd? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Image or illustration of


    Credit »

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    declare untrue; contradict
    • A. deny
    • B. distinguish
    • C. fudge
    • D. refine

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for crowd: