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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Trillanes told a throng of journalists and followers, referring to the martial law declared by dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1972, which is regarded as a dark chapter in Philippine history. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Duterte voids amnesty of critical senator, orders his arrest," 4 Sep. 2018 There has been a lot to like about this World Cup: plenty of goals, high-octane entertainment and even Russia putting on a friendly face for the throng of traveling fans. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The chances a long-suffering nation wins the World Cup is greater than normal," 4 July 2018 Unlike your typical aspiring rock star, Cooper had the resources and clout to not only film scenes at festivals like Stagecoach and Glastonbury, but actually play for throngs of unsuspecting show-goers. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Bradley Cooper Calls Lady Gaga's 'A Star Is Born' Performance 'A Revelation'," 21 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Crowds regularly throng the streets for one of the countless ceremonies that honor everything from trees and animals to birth and cremation—Balinese Hinduism is a mash-up of animism and Buddhism. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 When the authorities executed Mr. Taseer’s killer in 2016, tens of thousands thronged his funeral to laud the assailant as a hero. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistan’s Top Court Frees Christian Woman on Death Row for Blasphemy," 31 Oct. 2018 Mourners have thronged to the conference center in Accra, where his coffin has been since his body arrived Monday, and where the funeral was held. Francis Kokutse, Fox News, "Leaders laud ex-UN chief Kofi Annan at Ghana state funeral," 13 Sep. 2018 Under tight security in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, tens of thousands of worshipers from around the word thronged to a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday. The New York Times, New York Times, "Pope Francis Delivers Plea for Peace in Easter Sunday Mass," 1 Apr. 2018 Only about 6000 people will be permitted to enter each day, with the island’s capacity at any one time limited to about 19,000—half the number that thronged its beaches during peak periods in previous years. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Paradise Regained as Boracay Gets Ready to Party On," 26 Oct. 2018 Edmondson met frequently with some of the tens of thousands of teachers who thronged the Capitol during the two-week walkout and talks on the stump about his experience as a young high school teacher in his hometown of Muskogee. Sean Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Mayor, businessman face off in Oklahoma governor GOP runoff," 27 Aug. 2018 Israeli troops fired live rounds and tear gas at Palestinians who thronged the Gaza-Israel frontier and rampaged at a border terminal Friday as part of a weeks-long protest. Washington Post, "World Digest: May 4, 2018," 4 May 2018 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

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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 \

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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