before 950; Middle English crowden, Old English crūden
to press, hurry; cognate with Middle Dutch crūden
to push (Dutch kruien
1. Crowd, multitude, swarm, throng
refer to large numbers of people. Crowd
suggests a jostling, uncomfortable, and possibly disorderly company: A crowd gathered to listen to the speech. Multitude
emphasizes the great number of persons or things but suggests that there is space enough for all: a multitude of people at the market on Saturdays. Swarm
as used of people is usually contemptuous, suggesting a moving, restless, often noisy, crowd: A swarm of dirty children played in the street. Throng
suggests a company that presses together or forward, often with some common aim: The throng pushed forward to see the cause of the excitement. 5.
proletariat, plebeians, populace. 8.
See collective noun.