throng

[thrawng, throng]
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:
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

interthronging, adjective
overthrong, verb
unthronged, adjective


1. horde, host; assemblage. See crowd1.
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throng (θrɒŋ)
 
n
1.  a great number of people or things crowded together
 
vb
2.  to gather in or fill (a place) in large numbers; crowd
3.  (tr) to hem in (a person); jostle
 
adj
4.  dialect (Yorkshire) (postpositive) busy
 
[Old English gethrang; related to Old Norse throng, Old High German drangōd]

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throng
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.
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Example sentences
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.
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