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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 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: 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And there are iconic figures like Jones, who've been fighting for humanity their whole lives, missing from the throng. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "From 'Civil Rights' to 'Black Lives Matter,' Louisville's aging activists still protesting," 11 June 2020 Late into the sultry evening, the chanting throng that had filled the plaza for much of the day—and most days since George Floyd’s murder—was winding down. The Economist, "No justice, no peace America’s protests turn jubilant," 11 June 2020 On Sunday night, a protester in Capitol Hill was shot and wounded and in another incident, a man drove his car through a throng of protesters and opened fire when a demonstrator approached the car window, police said. Fox News, "Seattle protesters storm City Hall, demand mayor resign after driving police out of area, declaring autonomous zone," 10 June 2020 Masked and holding signs above their heads, the throng circled around organizers Jasmine Fallstich and Nancy Latham. Rusty Simmons,, "Kids march in Oakland, Vallejo protesters pull a coffin as demonstrations resume in beautiful spring weather," 7 June 2020 Footage from Sunday showed a tanker truck approaching a throng of people at 70 mph, according to Minnesota Department of Safety Commissioner John Harrington, as protesters frantically tried to avoid being hit. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Trucker arrested after driving toward protesters on Minneapolis interstate released from jail," 2 June 2020 The Arizona Cardinals' Patrick Peterson has joined the throng of sports figures weighing in on the death of George Floyd. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Cardinals' Patrick Peterson sounds off on death of George Floyd: 'We need & demand change'," 1 June 2020 But on that final morning of the empty tomb, there was no clamoring throng, just two of Jesus’ female followers and an angel. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Live on the patio: Easter service in San Antonio," 12 Apr. 2020 Looking through La Follette Ryan’s catalogue can prompt an unsettling feeling of solitude: even in the throng of public transit, each of our bodies is only our own. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "The Anxious Hands of New York’s Subway Riders in the Face of the Coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Helping Hitler: An Exchange," 24 Mar. 2020 Last weekend, ahead of the lockdown, thousands of people thronged Ikea while restaurants were packed for one last hurrah. Iain Marlow,, "Hong Kong’s Edge Over Singapore Shows Early Social Distancing Works," 28 Apr. 2020 All around Lilja along Skanegatan Street in the Sodermalm neighborhood of Stockholm, younger Swedes thronged bars, restaurants, and a crowded park last week, drinking in the sun. Thomas Erdbrinkand Christina Anderson,, "‘Life has to go on’: How Sweden has faced the virus without a lockdown," 28 Apr. 2020 Many more thronged the streets around the stadium, heady in their jubilation and desperate to be a witness to this incredible moment. Olu Alake, Quartz Africa, "Forty years ago, Bob Marley paid his own way to play Zimbabwe’s iconic independence concert," 18 Apr. 2020 Nonetheless, thousands of attendees still thronged an exhibition center for the four-day convention, which opened Thursday. Washington Post, "Geneva auto show, other big events canceled amid virus fears," 28 Feb. 2020 For our coronavirus tracker and more coverage, see our hub IN MAY THE Roman plunge pools and saunas in Bath (or Aquae Sulis, as the builders called it) usually throng with tourists and history buffs. The Economist, "Local government Councils’ outgoings are rocketing and revenues collapsing," 2 May 2020 Her concerns echo those who slammed St. Patrick's Day revelers who flooded bars in Chicago and New Orleans and those who called out college students who've been thronging to beaches for spring break. Gillian Flaccus, Houston Chronicle, "'Quarantine shaming': US navigates radical new social norms," 21 Mar. 2020 With life thronging with moments of hope like these, the book asks, why not choose engagement over despair, joy over horror? Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Notes From an Apocalypse," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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“Throng.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of throng

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large group of people



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


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Kids Definition of throng

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large group of people : crowd


thronged; thronging

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