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 forms

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

Synonym study

1. See crowd1.
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British Dictionary definitions for throng


/ (θrɒŋ) /


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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