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[thrawng, throng]
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  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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to assemble, collect, or go in large numbers; crowd.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to crowd or press upon; jostle.
  2. to fill or occupy with or as with a crowd: He thronged the picture with stars.
  3. to bring or drive together into or as into a crowd, heap, or collection.
  4. to fill by crowding or pressing into: They thronged the small room.
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adjective Scot. and North England.
  1. filled with people or objects; crowded.
  2. (of time) filled with things to do; busy.
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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


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1. See crowd1.
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  1. a great number of people or things crowded together
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  1. to gather in or fill (a place) in large numbers; crowd
  2. (tr) to hem in (a person); jostle
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  1. Yorkshire dialect (postpositive) busy
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Word Origin

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").

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

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