Origin of throng

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 formsin·ter·throng·ing, adjectiveo·ver·throng, verbun·thronged, adjective

Synonyms for throng

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1. See crowd1.
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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 for throng

Old English gethrang; related to Old Norse throng, Old High German drangōd
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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.

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