General English


  • noun the oily part of milk, containing fats, which gathers on the top of standing milk


  • The globules of butter fat which rise to the top of milk entrapping larger or smaller amounts of milk. The type is determined by the butterfat content. See half cream, single cream, whipping cream, double cream, extra thick double cream, clotted cream, Jersey cream, etc.


  • noun a medicinal oily substance, used to rub on the skin


  • noun an attractive young female. Recorded as an item of Sowetan slang in the Cape Sunday Times, 29 January 1995.
  • verb to have an orgasm or to become sexually excited (while dressed). The vulgarism can be used of either sex (and now, by extension, can even sometimes mean to become over-excited or over-enthusiastic without the sexual connotation). Cream has been a euphemism for semen or sexual lubricant for at least a century. Cream one’s jeans dates from the late 1960s.


  • verb to mix ingredients together until they form a smooth mixture

Origin & History of “cream”

Cream seems to have come from two distinct late Latin sources: crānum ‘cream’, which may be of Gaulish origin, and chrisma ‘ointment’ (from which English gets chrism (OE)). these two were probably blended together to produce Old French cresme or craime, immediate source of the English word. (modern French crème was borrowed into English in the 19th century.).