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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 Many people did this, sometimes loudly, sometimes softly, sometimes prompted by a brass band somewhere in the throng of thousands. William Booth, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Over the past year or so, a throng of modern country artists have weaved threads of ‘80s and ‘90s country sounds into their music, with chart-topping results. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 2 Sep. 2022 As the Orioles’ rookie phenom did so, a throng of young admirers joined him, hovering around him with each step. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 22 Aug. 2022 Ohtani singled and scored on Taylor Ward’s three-run homer in the fifth, then connected for a towering drive off Sam Selman leading off the seventh as a throng of red-clan fans sitting behind the Angels dugout roared. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 Until then, the district had not informed the public what happened in the locker room when a throng of football players, allegedly unsupervised, cornered and attacked Coucelos, many with water bottles, some with fists. Bob Hohler,, 19 July 2022 All of the parade participants were observed by an equally eclectic throng of humanity, including lots of parents pushing their small children around in strollers. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 June 2022 Some fans were pushed over the barriers as the throng pressed into the guardrails. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Aug. 2022 When the moderator tried to end the session, Ortiz answered two more questions from the throng of journalists from the Dominican Republic, then took out his phone and shot a selfie with the crowd. Globe Staff,, 23 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Crowds still throng athletes, politicians, and rock stars for autographs. Drew Gilpin Faust, The Atlantic, 16 Sep. 2022 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 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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