- The definition of a throng is a large group of people or animals.
When a huge group of people crowds together in a restaurant, this is an example of a throng of people.
- Throng is defined as a large group crowds or fills a place, or flocks somewhere in great numbers.
When a large group of people all crowd together into a sporting arena, this is an example of a situation where people throng the arena.
- a great number of people gathered together; crowd
- a crowding together of people; crowded condition
- any great number of things massed or considered together; multitude
Origin of throngMiddle English ; from Old English (ge)thrang (akin to German drang) ; from base of thringan, to press, crowd: for Indo-European base see thrall
- to crowd or press upon in large numbers
- to crowd into; fill with a multitude
- A large group of people gathered or crowded closely together; a multitude. See Synonyms at crowd1.
- A large group of things; a host.
verbthronged, throng·ing, throngs
- To crowd into; fill: commuters thronging the subway platform.
- To press against in large numbers: The fans thronged the rock star.
Origin of throngMiddle English, from Old English gethrang.
(third-person singular simple present throngs, present participle thronging, simple past and past participle thronged)
(comparative more throng, superlative most throng)
- (Scotland, Northern England, dialect) Filled with persons or objects; crowded.
From Middle English, from Old English þrang, ġeþrang (“crowd, press, tumult”), from Proto-Germanic *þrangwą, *þrangwō (“throng”), *þrangwaz (“push, drive”), from Proto-Indo-European *trenk(w)- (“to beat, hew, press”). Cognate with Dutch drang (“urge, push, impulse”), German Drang (“urge, drive, impulse”), Danish trang (“urge”), Norwegian trong (“need”), Icelandic þröng (“narrow, tightly pressed, crowd, throng”) and Swedish trång (“tight, narrow”). Probably related to Albanian drojë (“fear, fear of the crowd”) and to drang (“huge rod, pole, oar”). More at thring.