throng

noun
\ ˈthrȯŋ How to pronounce throng (audio) \

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 How to pronounce thronging (audio) \

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

New York City’s Chinatown was filled with throngs of people out on a Saturday afternoon, grocery shopping and meeting with friends to eat at the various small cafes and restaurants lining the cramped streets. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019 Judging by the throngs of youngsters who swarmed on Radio City with their parents Wednesday night, Eilish's fans think of her as a big sister and style icon. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Believe the hype: Billie Eilish proves she's a once-in-a-generation talent at NYC concert," 20 June 2019 Streets bustling with throngs of people looking for a night out. Andrea Reeves, Cincinnati.com, "Looking for a date night idea? Give archery a shot ... with burgers on the side," 20 June 2019 His father died when García was six, and for a few years García attended elementary school with a throng of local children in a one-room building perched on poles, its bare unpainted walls made of split bamboo. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Perennial Planters of Manchester’s highly anticipated biennial garden tour more than lived up to expectations, as sunny skies and cool breezes brought out a throng of garden-lovers, on June 22. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Perennial Planters Holds Biennial Garden Tour," 27 June 2019 The image actually captured a throng of revelers at Yonge Dundas Square, at the intersection of Yonge and Dundas in Toronto, after the Toronto Raptors clinched the NBA title on June 13. Amanda Seitz, Fortune, "2 Trump Stories on Social Media You Shouldn't Believe," 22 June 2019 Police have fired a volley of tear gas at a massive throng of protesters outside the Georgian national parliament, who are trying to storm the building and are demanding the government's resignation. chicagotribune.com, "Thousands of protesters try to storm Georgian parliament," 20 June 2019 During one of The Nukes yearly sojourns to Daytona, Fla.'s Bike Week playing for a party-hard throng of motorcycle enthusiasts, Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson showed up during a set. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al.com, "The ‘other guy’ in an iconic Huntsville band," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Thousands thronged the streets of the Eritrean capital to witness the first visit by an Ethiopian leader since the two countries fought a bloody war from 1998 to 2000. The Economist, "Eritrea’s gulag state is crumbling," 11 July 2019 Last month, after organizers estimated two million people thronged to the streets, an embattled Lam suspended the controversial bill and later apologized. Time Staff, Time, "'The Bill Is Dead.' Hong Kong's Leader Vows to Kill a Controversial Extradition Plan After Weeks of Protest," 9 July 2019 On each of the 49 days of the festival, held this year between January and February, between 20,000 to 30,000 visitors thronged the Kinnar Akhara. Priti Salian, National Geographic, "Transgender spiritual order finally finds acceptance at Hindu pilgrimage," 30 May 2019 At the rally, the streets and church grounds were thronged with people brandishing signs and calling for peace. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Hundreds gather for annual St. Sabina rally against violence," 14 June 2019 On Saturday — five days after angry students and teachers thronged City Hall to decry budget cuts and defend school sports — Warwick residents celebrated an earlier act of rebellion. Edward Fitzpatrick, BostonGlobe.com, "Once a desirable middle class destination, Warwick now faces financial stress," 13 June 2019 France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a parade down the Champs-Elysees, where tens of thousands thronged after the team's 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday. Fox News, "The Latest: French soccer team gets hero's welcome in Paris," 16 July 2018 Crowds of people had thronged around the entrance of the posh mall outside the Marina Bay Sands hotel to catch a glimpse of the North’s dictator. The Economist, "Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un sign the blandest of agreements," 12 June 2018 Crowds throng the courthouse in Lahore, the capital of the state of Punjab, drawn by the spectacle of a judge dispensing verdicts like a king. The Economist, "Pakistan’s top court is eager to take on any brief," 28 Mar. 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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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 How to pronounce throng (audio) \

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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