• (British) enPR: thrŏng, IPA: /θɹɒŋ/
  • (America) enPR thrông, IPA: /θɹɔŋ/, /θɹɑŋ/

throng (plural throngs)

  1. A group of people crowded or gathered closely together.
    Synonyms: crowd, multitude
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Not to know me argues yourselves unknown, / The lowest of your throng.
    • 1939, Ammianus Marcellinus, John Carew Rolfe, Ammianus Marcellinus, Volume 1, Harvard University Press, page 463:
      Here, mingled with the Persians, who were rushing to the higher ground with the same effort as ourselves, we remained motionless until sunrise of the next day, so crowded together that the bodies of the slain, held upright by the throng, could nowhere find room to fall, and that in front of me a soldier with his head cut in two, and split into equal halves by a powerful sword stroke, was so pressed on all sides that he stood erect like a stump.
  2. A group of things; a host or swarm.
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throng (throngs, present participle thronging; past and past participle thronged)

  1. (transitive) To crowd into a place, especially to fill it.
  2. (intransitive) To congregate.
    • circa 1608 William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act II scene i:
      […] I have seen the dumb men throng to see him and / The blind to bear him speak: […]
  3. (transitive) To crowd or press, as persons; to oppress or annoy with a crowd of living beings.
    • Bible, Gospel of Mark v. 24
      Much people followed him, and thronged him.
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  1. (Northern England, Scotland, dialectal) filled#Adjective|Filled with persons or object#Noun|objects; crowded#Adjective|crowded.
    • 1882, Gerard Manley Hopkins, “Ribblesdale”, in Robert Bridges, editor, Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins: Now First Published […], London: Humphrey Milford, published 1918, OCLC 5093462 ↗, stanza 1, page 54 ↗:
      Earth, sweet Earth, sweet landscape, with leavès throng / And louchèd low grass, heaven that dost appeal / To, with no tongue to plead, no heart to feel; / That canst but only be, but dost that long— {{...}
  2. (Northern England, Scotland, dialectal) Busy; hurried.
    • 1903, Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, ch 59:
      Mr Shaw was very civil; he said he was rather throng just now, but if Ernest did not mind the sound of hammering he should be very glad of a talk with him.

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