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Dictionary Definition



1 a large number of things or people considered together; "a crowd of insects assembled around the flowers"
2 an informal body of friends; "he still hangs out with the same crowd" [syn: crew, gang, bunch]


1 cause to herd, drive, or crowd together; "We herded the children into a spare classroom" [syn: herd]
2 fill or occupy to the point of overflowing; "The students crowded the auditorium"
3 to gather together in large numbers; "men in straw boaters and waxed mustaches crowded the verandah" [syn: crowd together]
4 approach a certain age or speed; "She is pushing fifty" [syn: push]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

Old English crūdan.


  1. To push, to press, to shove.
  2. To press or drive together; to mass together.
  3. To fill by pressing or thronging together; hence, to encumber by excess of numbers or quantity.
  4. To press by solicitation; to urge; to dun; hence, to treat discourteously or unreasonably.
  5. To approach another ship too closely when it has right of way
  1. To press together or collect in numbers; to swarm; to throng
  2. To urge or press forward; to force one's self; as, a man crowds into a room
  3. (of a square-rigged ship) To carry excessive sail
Derived terms


  1. A number of things collected or closely pressed together; also, a number of things adjacent to each other.
    There was a crowd of toys pushed beneath the couch where the children were playing.
  2. A group of people congregated or collected into a close body without order.
    After the movie let out, a crowd of people pushed through the exit doors.
  3. The so-called lower orders of people; the populace; the vulgar; the rabble; the mob.
    To fool the crowd with glorious lies. --Tennyson.
    He went not with the crowd to see a shrine. -- Dryden.
group of things
  • Arabic: (kaum)
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (yìduī)
  • Dutch: stapel
  • Finnish: pino, kasa
  • French: monceau
  • Georgian: გროვა (grova)
  • German: Haufen
  • Icelandic: þyrping
  • Italian: mucchio
  • Japanese: 積み重ね (つみかさね, tsumikasane)
  • Korean: 무더기 (mudeogi)
  • Portuguese: pilha
  • Russian: куча
  • Spanish: montón
  • Swedish: mängd, massa, hög
  • Thai: (gong)
group of people
the “lower orders” of people
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Welsh crwth.


  1. A crwth.
  2. italbrac now dialectal A fiddle.
    • 1819: wandering palmers, hedge-priests, Saxon minstrels, and Welsh bards, were muttering prayers, and extracting mistuned dirges from their harps, crowds, and rotes. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

Extensive Definition

For other users, see Crowd (disambiguation).
A crowd is a group of people. The crowd may have a common purpose or set of emotions, such as at a political rally, at a sports game, or during looting, or simply be made up of many people going about their business in a busy area (eg shopping).


The term "mob" (from the Latin mobile vulgus, 'fickle crowd') carries a connotation of a crowd with an (often angry and sometimes riotous) agenda.
In human sociology, the term "mobbed" simply means "extremely crowded", as in a busy mall or shop. In animal behavior mobbing is a technique where many individuals of one species "gang up" on a larger individual of another species to drive them away. Mobbing behavior is often seen in birds.
It is generally considered that a crowd consists of more than 20 people of which no more than 10 can be your friends.

Social aspects of crowds

Social aspects are concerned with the formation, management and control of crowds, both from the point of view of individuals and groups seeking to persuade a crowd to their view (e.g., political rallies), and from the point of view of society which usually attempts to contain them in an acceptable manner, or discharge their energies whilst averting excesses or mob behaviour, ultimately a decision made politically and usually executed by law enforcement.

Psychological aspects of crowds

Psychological aspects are concerned with the psychology of the crowd as a group and the psychology of those who allow their will and emotions to be informed by the crowd (both discussed more comprehensively under crowd psychology), and other individual responses to crowds such as crowd-sickness, claustrophobia and agoraphobia.
crowd in Bulgarian: Тълпа
crowd in Czech: Dav
crowd in German: Mob (Personen)
crowd in French: Foule
crowd in Hebrew: המון
crowd in Russian: Толпа
crowd in Sicilian: Fudda
crowd in Slovak: Dav
crowd in Swedish: Massa (sociologi)

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