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

Fernandez Melquiades, 43, a waiter at a café near the music academy watched the throng with bemusement. Leah Mclaren, Newsweek, "Spain's Queen Letizia: Divorcee, War Reporter, TV Journalist... Republican?," 17 Sep. 2014 The mood at the watch party was clearly tense in the build-up to the decisive kick, but as soon as Akinfeev made the clinching save, the throngs of supporters eruputed in joy in celebrating the upset victory. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "WATCH: Russian Fans Go Wild After World Cup Upset of Spain in PKs," 1 July 2018 Being part of that street-filling throng is thrilling. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona," 3 Mar. 2018 In arenas and living rooms across America this month, throngs of fans have gathered for March Madness, to watch as players swoop up and down the court with jaw-dropping beauty and athleticism. Wil Haygood, WSJ, "‘Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Kentucky Basketball’ Review: Hoop Dreams and Nightmares," 29 Mar. 2019 The room is nearly empty, and the usual throngs of tourists are nowhere to be found. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Woman Behind New York’s Most Glamorous Closets," 22 Mar. 2019 Off: throngs of guests braved the impending snow storm, waiting in a line which wrapped around Columbus Circle as New York City public school cancellations were coming in via phone/email. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "The World Premiere of Netflix’s Triple Frontier Welcomed Guests to the Jungle," 4 Mar. 2019 But throngs of supporters, who lined the halls early Friday to get into the meeting, argued the shelter would do the exact opposite. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "L.A. City Council presses ahead with plan for homeless shelters," 29 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

France is readying to welcome home the national soccer team for a parade down the Champs-Elysees, where tens of thousands thronged after the team's 4-2 victory over Croatia Sunday. Fox News, "The Latest: French soccer team gets hero's welcome in Paris," 16 July 2018 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

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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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