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 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

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Synonyms for throng

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 It’s a circular thrill, all of our heroes with big guns, circled up like wagons, shooting outward into a throng of formerly-somebodies. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2021 The Timbers are among the throng of MLS clubs with an eye on the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 1 May 2021 Attending a rodeo in the small hamlet of Hallonquist, Saskatchewan, her youngest brother, Patrick Marleau, was among a throng of children gathered in a ring awaiting the elusive rooster to be set free. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2021 Florida coach Dan Mullen spent Saturday at the third round of the Players Championship, watching the world’s top golfers and mingling among a throng of enthusiastic fans. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 15 Mar. 2021 United Airlines is joining the throng of companies offering incentives to people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Chris Morris, Fortune, 24 May 2021 Walz was joined by DFL members of the People of Color and Indigenous Caucus, as well as a throng of community faith leaders and local business owners. Stephen Montemayor, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Other screenshots appear to show him in the Capitol foyer and walking past a throng of riot police. Washington Post, 5 May 2021 Such an event, which used to include the presence of a parent and partner in the delivery room and a throng of guests to visit after the baby’s arrival. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But air travel is still limited by quarantine and other restrictions, keeping away the foreign pilgrims who usually throng Jerusalem during the holy week. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Apr. 2021 But air travel is still limited by quarantine and other restrictions, keeping away the foreign pilgrims who usually throng Jerusalem during Holy Week. Joseph Krauss, Chron, 2 Apr. 2021 Despite one of the world's most successful vaccination campaigns, air travel is still limited by quarantine and other restrictions, keeping away the foreign pilgrims who usually throng Jerusalem during Holy Week. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 In the past, even when gun battles between security forces and militants became pervasive, international tourists continued to throng Kashmir’s ski slopes, houseboats and artisan pashmina and papier-mâché shops. New York Times, 11 Jan. 2021 Noticeably absent now are the tourists who usually throng there, not for New York, but for them — for Savannah and Hoda and Al — lining the street behind their ground-level studio, straining to make their way into the screen. Sridhar Pappu, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2020 The authorities are warning holidaymakers to practice social distancing, but this week market places continued to throng with shoppers ahead of the festive season. Julia Hollingsworth And Esha Mitra, CNN, 13 Nov. 2020 His remarkable study on the German aristocracy and the Nazis, Vom König zum Führer (2003), thronged with aristocratic collaborators but left the Hohenzollern prince on the margins. David Motadel, The New York Review of Books, 24 Mar. 2020 Last weekend, ahead of the lockdown, thousands of people thronged Ikea while restaurants were packed for one last hurrah. Iain Marlow, Bloomberg.com, 28 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of throng was in the 14th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Throng.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/throng. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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