Definition of crambo in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrambō/ /ˈkræmboʊ/


  • A game in which a player gives a word or line of verse to which each of the other players must find a rhyme.

    ‘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.