before 1000; (noun) Middle English;Old Englishgethrang; cognate with Dutchdrang,GermanDrang pressure, Old Norsethrǫng throng; (adj. and v.) Middle English; akin to the noun; compare obsolete thring to press
c.1300, probably shortened from O.E. geþrang "crowd, tumult" (related to verb þringan "to push, crowd, press"), from P.Gmc. *thrangan (cf. O.N. þröng, Du. drang, Ger. Drang "crowd, throng"). The verb, in the sense of "go in a crowd," is first recorded 1534.