Definition of crambo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrambəʊ/


[mass noun]
A game in which a player gives a word or line of verse to which each of the other players must find a rhyme.
Example sentences
  • But the crambo verses written by Boswell were merely the start of the game, said Dr Caudle.
  • Here you will have fun playing crambo, ziggy piggy, and doggerel.


Early 17th century (denoting a particular fashion in drinking): from earlier crambe 'cabbage', used figuratively to denote something distasteful that is repeated, apparently from Latin crambe repetita 'cabbage served up again', applied by Juvenal to any distasteful repetition.

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