throng

noun
\ ˈthrȯŋ \

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 \

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

In New York, throngs of Google employees filed out of glass doors at the company’s office in lower Manhattan. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Google Employees Stage Global Walkout Over Treatment of Sexual Harassment," 1 Nov. 2018 Pre-school teacher Adriana Femat, 53, was one of the throngs of Gordillo's supporters who pressed their way into the crowded event hall to cheer Gordillo. Fox News, "Old-time union boss returns triumphant in Mexico," 21 Aug. 2018 On the streets outside the palace, throngs cheered and a marching band played. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "From effigies to egging: The British have a long history of dissing U.S. presidents," 11 July 2018 As throngs of Yankees fans roared at Camden Yards, Yacabonis shook off the home run to strike out Clint Frazier and force Neil Walker and Brandon Drury to to fly out and ground out, respectively. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Three months after disastrous debut, Orioles' Jimmy Yacabonis gets a do-over vs. Yankees," 10 July 2018 Known for her trademark silver hair and aquamarine eyes, throngs of famous fashion designers admired the Countess Mona von Bismarck. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Must-see' museum exhibit is in Louisville — and it features 'royalty'," 9 July 2018 The capital is the tournament’s hub, and throngs of Mexicans, Peruvians and Argentines have passed through, as well as Saudis, Iranians and Egyptians. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Panama's Lopsided Loss Won't Damper Party of Celebrating First World Cup," 18 June 2018 During the coming days, throngs of baseball fans will experience a Braves game for the first time in a splendid new ballpark in Cobb County. Helena Oliviero, ajc, "6 tips for going to a Braves game at SunTrust Park," 15 June 2018 For the second straight year, throngs of fans are celebrating the Golden State Warriors with a parade for a team some are calling a basketball dynasty. CBS News, "Golden State Warriors parade: How to watch the NBA champs celebrate," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 When the authorities executed Mr. Taseer’s killer in 2016, tens of thousands thronged his funeral to laud the assailant as a hero. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistan’s Top Court Frees Christian Woman on Death Row for Blasphemy," 31 Oct. 2018 Mourners have thronged to the conference center in Accra, where his coffin has been since his body arrived Monday, and where the funeral was held. Francis Kokutse, Fox News, "Leaders laud ex-UN chief Kofi Annan at Ghana state funeral," 13 Sep. 2018 Under tight security in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, tens of thousands of worshipers from around the word thronged to a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on Easter Sunday. The New York Times, New York Times, "Pope Francis Delivers Plea for Peace in Easter Sunday Mass," 1 Apr. 2018 Only about 6000 people will be permitted to enter each day, with the island’s capacity at any one time limited to about 19,000—half the number that thronged its beaches during peak periods in previous years. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Paradise Regained as Boracay Gets Ready to Party On," 26 Oct. 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 \

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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