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throng

noun \ ˈthrȯŋ \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of throng

1 a :a multitude of assembled persons
b :a large number :host
2 a :a crowding together of many persons
b :a pressing increase of activity
  • this throng of business
  • —S. R. Crockett

Examples of throng in a Sentence

  1. grabbed a megaphone and addressed the vast throng

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Origin and Etymology of throng

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"

throng Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of throng

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

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throng

verb

Definition of throng

thronged; thronging play \ˈthrȯŋ-iŋ\
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

Examples of throng in a Sentence

  1. Shoppers thronged the mall for the sales.

  2. fans thronged the field to celebrate the win

Recent Examples of throng from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'throng.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of throng

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

throng Synonyms

Synonyms
flock, mob, swarm, crowd
Related Words
beset, infest, invade, overrun; clog, dam, jam, obstruct, plug (up)

THRONG Defined for English Language Learners

throng

noun

Definition of throng for English Language Learners

  • : a large group of people


throng

verb

Definition of throng for English Language Learners

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

  • : to gather in a crowd or in great numbers


THRONG Defined for Kids

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throng

noun \ ˈthrȯŋ \

Definition of throng for Students

:a large group of people :crowd

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throng

verb

Definition of throng for Students

thronged; thronging
:1crowd 4


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