a. The yellowish fatty component of unhomogenized milk that tends to accumulate at the surface.
b. Any of various substances resembling or containing cream: hand cream.
2. A pale yellow to yellowish white.
3. The choicest part: the cream of the crop.
v. creamed, cream·ing, creams
1. To form cream.
2. To form foam or froth at the top.
3. Vulgar Slang
a. To have an orgasm.
b. To be excited or delighted about something.
1. To remove the cream from; skim.
a. To take or remove (the best part): creamed off the highest-paying jobs for her cronies.
b. To take the best part from: creamed the whole department to form his management team.
3. To beat into a creamy consistency.
4. To prepare or cook in or with a cream sauce.
5. To add cream to.
a. To defeat overwhelmingly: creamed our rival on their home court.
b. To damage severely; destroy: My camera got creamed when I dropped it.
7. Vulgar Slang To have an orgasm in (one's pants, for example).
cream (one's) jeans/panties Vulgar Slang
To be excited or delighted about something.
[Middle English creme, from Old French craime, cresme, partly from Late Latin crāmum (of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh crawen, cramen, crust, and Middle Irish screm, film), and partly from Vulgar Latin *crisma, an anointing (from Latin chrīsma, from Greek khrīsma, unguent, from khrīein, to anoint; see ghrēi- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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