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

William Nguyen, blood streaming from his head as he is dragged by plainclothes police through a throng of protesters on a Ho Chi Minh City street, does not have any shoes. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "‘No sense of urgency’: State Dept. slow to help American beaten and held in Vietnam, family says," 18 June 2018 The 200 protesters in the afternoon march confronted motorists stuck in traffic, breaking the rear window of one car that tried to make its way through the throng. Dale Kasler, Anita Chabria, Nashelly Chavez, Ryan Sabalow, Tony Bizjak And Sam Stanton, sacbee, "'Shoot her 20 times in the back.' Protest over Stephon Clark's death turns ugly," 24 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, the elderly try to shove their shopping carts through the throng. Mary Morris, The Atlantic, "Fiction: Mama’s Haven," 11 Mar. 2018 The annual Mermaid Parade brought throngs of people dressed as mermaids, fish, and other aquatic creatures to New York’s Coney Island over the weekend, and this year’s edition had a little Boston flavor. BostonGlobe.com, "Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman lead Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade," 17 June 2018 Despite the clampdown on civil liberties, Sisi has throngs of supporters who argue that many of his stern measures have been necessary to bring order to Egypt after the chaos of the 2011 uprising. Sarah El Sirgany, CNN, "Famous Egyptian blogger arrested in widening crackdown on dissent," 23 May 2018 Right next door Geico—of all companies—once again hosted a major Hearthstone tournament that drew throngs of applauding fans for major player personalities. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Gallery: The streamers, game makers, and costumed players of PAX East 2018," 8 Apr. 2018 Ralph and Vanellope head down into the throngs to find their way to eBay, and the adventure is afoot. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but for the internet," 21 Nov. 2018 After all, when Prince Louis was born back in April, unsuspecting couples emerged from the Lindo Wing with their newborns, only to be greeted by throngs of photographers and fans of the royals. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "The Ultimate Guide to the Royal Family," 5 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The area on Saturday would normally be thronged with holiday shoppers. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Antigovernment Rally Is Among the Most Violent to Hit Paris in Decades," 2 Dec. 2018 Since late March, mostly unarmed protesters have thronged to the border fence every Friday. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "As Hamas faces a crisis, it tries to turn up pressure on Israel," 31 May 2018 Last week, some 14,000 Palestinians thronged to the perimeter fence, burning tires and throwing rocks, firebombs and grenades at soldiers stationed atop earth mounds on the other side. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back," 17 Oct. 2018 Like peasants complaining that the splendors of Versailles did nothing to feed their children, French van drivers, commuters and farmers thronged the streets across the country. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Vive le Nationalisme!," 3 Dec. 2018 Hundreds of thousands of people thronged there after France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday to capture the World Cup. Fox News, "The Latest: French soccer team gets hero's welcome in Paris," 16 July 2018 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

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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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