When a huge group of people crowds together in a restaurant, this is an example of a throng of people.
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.
Commuters thronging the subway platform.
The fans thronged the rock star.
Origin of throng
- Middle English from Old English gethrang
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English Ã¾rang, Ä¡eÃ¾rang (“crowd, press, tumult"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾rangwÄ…, *Ã¾rangwÅ (“throng"), *Ã¾rangwaz (“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 Ã¾rÃ¶ng (“narrow, tightly pressed, crowd, throng") and Swedish trÃ¥ng (“tight, narrow"). Probably related to Albanian drojÃ« (“fear, fear of the crowd") and to drang (“huge rod, pole, oar"). More at thring.