Synonyms of throng

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a great number of persons or creatures massed together
  • grabbed a megaphone and addressed the vast throng

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Synonyms of throng (Entry 2 of 2)

to move upon or fill (something) in great numbers
  • fans thronged the field to celebrate the win

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How does the noun throng differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of throng are crowd, crush, horde, and mob. While all these words mean "an assembled multitude," throng and horde suggest movement and pushing.

a throng of reporters

a horde of shoppers

When might crowd be a better fit than throng?

While in some cases nearly identical to throng, crowd implies a close gathering and pressing together.

a crowd gathered

When can crush be used instead of throng?

The synonyms crush and throng are sometimes interchangeable, but crush emphasizes the compactness of the group, the difficulty of individual movement, and the attendant discomfort.

a crush of fans

Where would mob be a reasonable alternative to throng?

The words mob and throng are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, mob implies a disorderly crowd with the potential for violence.

an angry mob

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The first known use of throng was in the 14th century

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“Throng.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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