throng

noun
\ˈthrȯŋ \

Definition of throng 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a multitude of assembled persons

b : a large number : host

2a : a crowding together of many persons

b : a pressing increase of activity this throng of business— S. R. Crockett

throng

verb
thronged; thronging\ ˈthrȯŋ-​iŋ \

Definition of throng (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to crowd upon : press a celebrity thronged by fans

2 : to crowd into : pack shoppers thronging the streets

intransitive verb

: to crowd together in great numbers

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Synonyms for throng

Synonyms: Noun

army, bike [chiefly Scottish], cram, crowd, crush, drove, flock, herd, horde, host, legion, mass, mob, multitude, press, rout, scrum, swarm

Synonyms: Verb

crowd, flock, mob, swarm

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Noun

crowd, throng, horde, crush, mob mean an assembled multitude. crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together. a crowd gathered throng and horde suggest movement and pushing. a throng of reporters a horde of shoppers crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort. a crush of fans mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence. an angry mob

Examples of throng in a Sentence

Noun

grabbed a megaphone and addressed the vast throng

Verb

Shoppers thronged the mall for the sales. fans thronged the field to celebrate the win
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ant-Man) was conspicuously missing from the throngs of superheroes who joined forces to fight Thanos (Josh Brolin) in the massive Avengers movie. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "We Finally Know Why Ant-Man Wasn’t In Avengers: Infinity War," 6 July 2018 But the overarching message from the throngs in Greenwich Village was that politics could wait for another time. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "At Pride Parade, Few Paid Attention to the Candidates," 24 June 2018 Nestled in the West Nashville neighborhood of Bellevue, roughly 13 miles away from the throngs of young CMA Music Festival attendees spilling out of downtown’s rooftop bars this week, sits the Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom. Isaac Weeks, Billboard, "Ray Stevens Is Latest Country Star to Launch Own Venue With His CabaRay Showroom," 9 June 2018 Ahead of the ceremony, there was applause from the throng on the Long Walk as big screens broadcast the first glimpse of Prince Harry arriving with his brother and best man Prince William. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "A day in Windsor when everything changed," 19 May 2018 Surrounded by the throng, Diggins and Randall grabbed an American flag and pulled it over their shoulders. Anchorage Daily News, "Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall and the US women’s cross-country team’s pursuit of happiness," 26 Feb. 2018 There, they were greeted by the first throngs of passengers pulling in from the city by train. Jeremy Roebuck, Jason Laughlin, Juliana Reyes, Philly.com, "Despite long lines, public transit bore the crush of Eagles parade goers," 8 Feb. 2018 This is a unique way to experience the city away from the throngs of tourists. Maria Gabriella Landers, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Italy," 5 Oct. 2016 Muslim women in white and lime and pale pink scarves pull their children through the throngs. Mary Morris, The Atlantic, "Fiction: Mama’s Haven," 11 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Outside the castle walls, tens of thousands of well-wishers thronged the streets, cheering, waving and whooping as the retinue passed, escorted by mounted members of the Royal Household Cavalry in full regalia. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "Joyous crowds greet newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after their marriage ceremony," 19 May 2018 Venezuelans thronged the banks to get rid of the notes, but the promised larger denominations never showed up. The Economist, "Venezuelan cash is almost worthless, but also scarce," 12 July 2018 Mass demonstrations against voter fraud in the December parliamentary elections thronged Russian cities and spooked the Kremlin. Daniel Beer, New York Times, "Does Vladimir Putin Speak for the Russian People?," 6 July 2018 Visitors thronged throughout the Del Mar Fairgrounds under spotless blue skies, which slowed foot traffic from the barns to the midway to the outlying rides to the ferris wheel. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Temperature could hit 117 degrees in San Diego County during weekend heat wave," 4 July 2018 Under the junta’s watch, GDP growth has risen to 4%, exports are at a seven-year high and a record 35 million tourists thronged Thailand’s beaches and temples in 2017. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 According to the Los Angeles Times, between 300 and 500 people thronged Melrose Avenue near Spaulding, blocking traffic. NBC News, "As fans mourn rapper XXXTentacion's death, police search for his killer," 20 June 2018 Last week's road rage incident took place blocks away from where hundreds were thronging to Avid Cider's annual carnival. The Bulletin, OregonLive.com, "Road rage victim commits road rage herself, police say," 9 June 2018 Market Street was transformed into a wine walkabout Thursday evening, June 7, as hundreds of wine enthusiasts thronged the streets in search of the perfect sip of vino. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Wine & Food Week: Market Street transformed into wine walkabout," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of throng

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for throng

Noun

Middle English throng, thrang "mass, press," going back to Old English *thrang or gethrang (with ge-, collective prefix), going back to West Germanic *þrang- (whence Middle Dutch gedranc "crowd, press," dranc, drang "pressure," Old High German gidrang "crowd, mass"), noun ablaut derivative from the base of Germanic *þrengan-,*þrenhan- "to press" (whence Old Saxon thringan "to press, urge," Old High German dringan, thringan, Old Norse þryngva "to press, crowd," Gothic þreihan), going back to dialectal Indo-European *trenk- "press," whence also Lithuanian trenkiù, treñkti "to push roughly, fling"

Verb

Middle English thrangen, throngen, probably derivative of throng, thrang throng entry 1, replacing thringen, going back to Old English thringan

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More Definitions for throng

throng

noun

English Language Learners Definition of throng

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large group of people

throng

verb

English Language Learners Definition of throng (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go to (a place) in a large group or in large numbers

: to gather in a crowd or in great numbers

throng

noun
\ˈthrȯŋ \

Kids Definition of throng

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large group of people : crowd

throng

verb
thronged; thronging

Kids Definition of throng (Entry 2 of 2)

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