- 1[transitive, intransitive] to push or force somebody/something into a small space; to move into a small space with the result that it is full cram somebody/something into/onto something He crammed eight people into his car. cram something in I could never cram in all that she does in a day. cram something + adv./prep. I managed to cram down a few mouthfuls of food. cram something Supporters crammed the streets. cram something full I bought a large basket and crammed it full of presents. cram into/onto something We all managed to cram into his car.
- 2[intransitive] cram (for something) (North American English, informal or rather old-fashioned, British English) to learn a lot of things in a short time, in preparation for an exam synonym swot He's been cramming for his exams all week. Word Origin Old English crammian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch krammen
BrE BrE//kræm//; NAmE NAmE//kræm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cram
BrE BrE//kræm//; NAmE NAmE//kræm//he / she / it crams
BrE BrE//kræmz//; NAmE NAmE//kræmz//past simple crammed
BrE BrE//kræmd//; NAmE NAmE//kræmd//past participle crammed
BrE BrE//kræmd//; NAmE NAmE//kræmd//-ing form cramming
BrE BrE//ˈkræmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkræmɪŋ//