1893 text

Crambo is described as “a play at short verses in which a word is given, and the parties contend who can find most rhymes to it.”

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Roger Miller   Link to this

Crambo

This is what the 1911 encyclopedia has to say about crambo: http://8.1911encyclopedia.org/C/CR/CRAMBO.htm (scroll down)

Bill   Link to this

Cra'mbo. n.f [a cant word, probably without etymology.] A play at which one gives a word, to which another finds a rhyme; a rhyme.

So Mævius, when he drain'd his skull
To celebrate some suburb trull,
His similes in order set,
And ev'ry crambo he could get. Swift.

---A Dictionary of the English Language. Samuel Johnson, 1755.

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