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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


thronged; thronging\ ˈthrȯŋ-​iŋ How to pronounce throng (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

Synonyms for throng

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Before West Elm Caleb, there was the infamous Couch Guy and Sabrina Prater — people who went viral on the video-sharing app and whose stories were scrutinized by a throng of Internet sleuths. Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2022 The 24-year-old Chow did not comment when she was met by a throng of reporters upon her release, but later said her immediate plans are to rest. Tim O'donnell, The Week, 12 June 2021 Police erected the nonscalable fencing topped with razor wire immediately after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by a violent throng of Trump supporters. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 15 Mar. 2021 Inside, three-quarters of the way down that single-file corridor stands Curry, immersed in the throng of fans who have reached the front of the line. Khari Nixon, SPIN, 30 June 2022 Bishop Ioannis of Lagadas had been in a throng of clerics and worshipers at the saint day celebrations in late October, several weeks before his death. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2020 The Lanes are among the throng of demonstrators who have gathered outside the clinic over the years. Bracey Harris, NBC News, 7 July 2022 Atlanta police were among a throng of local and federal officers that swarmed the building on Ted Turner Drive, which houses the regional U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Courthouse, to assist with the investigation. Caroline Silva, ajc, 22 June 2022 Detroit police pegged the throng in downtown at 1 million fans, thousands and thousands of whom lined the streets hours before the scheduled 11:30 a.m. start. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Keeping dark skies dark requires a community effort Despite the crowds that throng the Door Peninsula during the summer months, Newport State Park is hardly at the edge of a bustling metropolis. Madeline Heim, Journal Sentinel, 28 June 2022 Ahmad’s family members were among the thousands to throng the international airport in Kabul in frantic hopes of boarding a plane — even as the Taliban closed in around them. Tamarra Kemsley, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 Keeping warm should be an easy task for early arrivers, though, with a crowd of more than a million Braves fans expected to throng the parade route. Henri Hollis, ajc, 4 Nov. 2021 In a separate incident earlier last week, images of a baby being handed to a US Marine across a barbed wire fence went viral online, as desperate crowds continue to throng outside Kabul’s airport., 22 Aug. 2021 In a separate incident earlier this week, images of a baby being handed to a U.S. Marine across a barbed wire fence went viral online, as desperate crowds continue to throng outside Kabul's airport. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 23 Aug. 2021 In a separate incident earlier this week, images of a baby being handed to a U.S. marine across a barbed wire fence went viral online, as desperate crowds continue to throng outside Kabul’s airport. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 The crowds that usually throng the Taj at sunset have been reduced to a handful of mostly local residents, roaming around the 25-acre complex for just over $3 a ticket. New York Times, 6 July 2021 But air travel is still limited by quarantine and other restrictions, keeping away the foreign pilgrims who usually throng Jerusalem during the holy week., 2 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of throng


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


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

History and Etymology for 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"


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

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Kids Definition of throng

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large group of people : crowd


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