- a multitude of people crowded or assembled together; crowd.
- a great number of things crowded or considered together: a throng of memories.
- Chiefly Scot. pressure, as of work.
- to assemble, collect, or go in large numbers; crowd.
- to crowd or press upon; jostle.
- to fill or occupy with or as with a crowd: He thronged the picture with stars.
- to bring or drive together into or as into a crowd, heap, or collection.
- to fill by crowding or pressing into: They thronged the small room.
- filled with people or objects; crowded.
- (of time) filled with things to do; busy.
Origin of throng
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Examples from the Web for throng
The throng took a collective breath before retreating back behind their office doors.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
Cuomo shouted to the throng of elected officials gathered at the head of the parade.Andrew Cuomo Can't Ignore It Now: He's Weak Even at Home
September 10, 2014
With that, he took a huff off a morning joint and moved into the throng of jovial patrons.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
Choi surrounds her lovers with a throng of skillfully rendered supporting characters.My Sentimental Education: Susan Choi’s Novel of Stormy Love
July 11, 2013
On arriving at 10 Downing Street she paused on the front step to address the throng of reporters.Margaret Thatcher: The Accidental Feminist
April 9, 2013
So great was the pressure of the throng that men fainted and had to be carried out.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
John watched her till she was lost in the throng on the veranda.The Gentleman From Indiana
However, Baron Suire again forced his way through the throng.
They shook hands, and Pierre at once tried to get out of the throng.
And this priest lost in the midst of the throng doubtless interested him.
- a great number of people or things crowded together
- to gather in or fill (a place) in large numbers; crowd
- (tr) to hem in (a person); jostle
- Yorkshire dialect (postpositive) busy
Word Origin and History for throng
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").
"go in a crowd," 1530s, from throng (n.). Related: Thronged; thronging.