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.”

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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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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