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throng

[thrawng, throng] /θrɔŋ, θrɒŋ/
noun
1.
a multitude of people crowded or assembled together; crowd.
2.
a great number of things crowded or considered together:
a throng of memories.
3.
Chiefly Scot. pressure, as of work.
verb (used without object)
4.
to assemble, collect, or go in large numbers; crowd.
verb (used with object)
5.
to crowd or press upon; jostle.
6.
to fill or occupy with or as with a crowd:
He thronged the picture with stars.
7.
to bring or drive together into or as into a crowd, heap, or collection.
8.
to fill by crowding or pressing into:
They thronged the small room.
adjective, Scot. and North England.
9.
filled with people or objects; crowded.
10.
(of time) filled with things to do; busy.
Origin of throng
1000
before 1000; (noun) Middle English; Old English gethrang; cognate with Dutch drang, German Drang pressure, Old Norse thrǫng throng; (adj. and v.) Middle English; akin to the noun; compare obsolete thring to press
Related forms
interthronging, adjective
overthrong, verb
unthronged, adjective
Synonyms
1. horde, host; assemblage. See crowd1 .
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  • Behind him came a throng of officers, whose steel scabbards clattered against the stones as they hastened down the court-yard.

    Grandfather's Chair Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • We had entered the garden, and a throng of guests were trooping after us.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • In the roadway the throng of401 people is even greater than in the villages I had passed through.

  • Then he had seemed to himself in the backwater, out of the throng of existence.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • Then he made towards the door among the throng, keeping close to the wall, and moving in the manner of one who avoids observation.

    Barclay of the Guides Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for throng

throng

/θrɒŋ/
noun
1.
a great number of people or things crowded together
verb
2.
to gather in or fill (a place) in large numbers; crowd
3.
(transitive) to hem in (a person); jostle
adjective
4.
(Yorkshire, dialect) (postpositive) busy
Word Origin
Old English gethrang; related to Old Norse throng, Old High German drangōd
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Word Origin and History for throng
n.

c.1300, probably shortened from Old English geþrang "crowd, tumult" (related to verb þringan "to push, crowd, press"), from Proto-Germanic *thrangan (cf. Old Norse þröng, Dutch drang, German Drang "crowd, throng").

v.

"go in a crowd," 1530s, from throng (n.). Related: Thronged; thronging.

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