May 07, 2016
- cram (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to stuff or crowd in2 : to fill full3 : to study hard just before a test
- How do you use it?
- Nathan is determined not to pay extra baggage charges at the airport, so he has managed to cram all his vacation gear into one suitcase.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "cram"?You can be filled with confidence if you picked A. "Pack" may suggest filling something up in a way that is tight but orderly, as in "She packed a trunk for the journey." It can also suggest filling something too much, such as "People were packed into the room like sardines." "Cram" usually implies that something has been filled in a forceful, careless, or disorderly way, as for example, "He crammed everything into a small box." "Stuff," another synonym, suggests filling something with as much as it will hold, often to the point that it bulges, as in "I stuffed my pockets with candy."