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throng

[thrawng, throng] /θrɔŋ, θrɒŋ/
noun
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.
verb (used without object)
4.
to assemble, collect, or go in large numbers; crowd.
verb (used with object)
5.
to crowd or press upon; jostle.
6.
to fill or occupy with or as with a crowd:
He thronged the picture with stars.
7.
to bring or drive together into or as into a crowd, heap, or collection.
8.
to fill by crowding or pressing into:
They thronged the small room.
adjective, Scot. and North England
9.
filled with people or objects; crowded.
10.
(of time) filled with things to do; busy.
Origin
1000
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
interthronging, adjective
overthrong, verb
unthronged, adjective
Synonyms
1. horde, host; assemblage. See crowd1 .
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Examples from the web for throng
  • Back out in the street, the shopping throng envelopes us.
  • He will not, he cannot, and the dead throng the streets.
  • During the three-minute wait, the line behind us grew into a throng.
  • It was quiet without the usual throng of browsing tourists.
  • Motorcycles careened through the throng and people snatched up the pieces of paper and read out photocopied visa applications.
  • Once the last piece of machinery was gone, the throng moved to folding chairs set up around a fenced ring inside the barn.
  • When he was collectivized, the peasant joined the throng of the centrally controlled.
  • When she arrived to open the exhibition, it was to a dazzle of flash photography and the crush of an adoring throng.
  • Indeed, the behavior of this whole human throng is not so different from that of a tide of rats.
  • Some folks want to be transported to their grave in a horse-drawn hearse, followed by a dozen bagpipers and a throng of mourners.
British Dictionary definitions for throng

throng

/θrɒŋ/
noun
1.
a great number of people or things crowded together
verb
2.
to gather in or fill (a place) in large numbers; crowd
3.
(transitive) to hem in (a person); jostle
adjective
4.
(Yorkshire, dialect) (postpositive) busy
Word Origin
Old English gethrang; related to Old Norse throng, Old High German drangōd
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Word Origin and History for throng
n.

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").

v.

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

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