Definition of throng in US English:



  • A large, densely packed crowd of people or animals.

    ‘he pushed his way through the throng’
    ‘a throng of birds’
    • ‘We made our way through the throngs of pilgrims gathered about the sanctuary to be healed.’
    • ‘We parked the car and made our way to the little tearoom, packed with throngs of tourists.’
    • ‘A throng of cheering fans gathered outside for hours just to catch a glimpse of their hero and 60 guests stayed at the hotel overnight to see him.’
    • ‘Whether Times Square is worth visiting depends on how you feel about being forced along with throngs of crowds to see streets full of kitschy souvenir shops and neon signs crammed into every corner.’
    • ‘The lodge bustled with activity as throngs of people packed into tight quarters.’
    • ‘The band launches in to their first song and the crowd is a throng of jumping bodies.’
    • ‘York's historic streets received a pounding as throngs of sightseers packed into the city's snickleways and parks to enjoy the holiday atmosphere.’
    • ‘A Michael Stewart free-kick saw the youngster stick out his foot to direct the ball through a throng of bodies and into Alistair Brown's net.’
    • ‘Large throngs of protestors soon gathered and rallied in Edison.’
    • ‘The throng of densely packed humanity forced us to ward off those next to us, and the disregard for others spread like an infection.’
    • ‘Three hours before game time, a throng of reporters packed the space as if it were backstage at a Springsteen concert.’
    • ‘He headed to nearby Ford Field, Lansing, Michigan, where a throng of press had gathered for the arrival.’
    • ‘There are no perspiring throngs of Brits packing suffocating beaches.’
    • ‘Addressing the throngs of media gathered outside the courthouse, Crown spokesman Geoff Gaul said there was nothing unusual about the proceedings.’
    • ‘You almost feel sorry for the band, looking at their fanbase and realizing that an intelligent band is worshipped by throngs of idiots.’
    • ‘A throng of supporters, packed around the boxing ring, pushes forward straining to see the fight.’
    • ‘Becker's testimony, given in German, was carried live on German television and a throng of journalists packed the courthouse for the proceedings.’
    • ‘When Kim Dae Jung visited North Korea he was greeted with throngs of crowds.’
    • ‘The throngs of rockers packing into the Tequila Lounge on Friday night didn't seem to care that the show was being put on as a ‘blatant marketing ploy’ by the Toronto Star.’
    • ‘I wasn't held over a cliff above throngs of animals when I was born (I don't think) but much of the rest is parallel.’
    crowd, mass, multitude, horde, host, mob, assemblage, gathering, congregation, crush, press, body, band, army, troop, legion, gang, stream, swarm, flock, bevy, herd, pack, drove, array, sea, myriad, pile
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[with object]
  • 1(of a crowd) fill or be present in (a place or area)

    ‘a crowd thronged the station’
    ‘the streets are thronged with people’
    • ‘It was a clear night and we were glad of this hospitality as the town was just thronged with people - almost 1,000 at the camping ground alone.’
    • ‘Operations in the Plastic Surgery Section of Shanghai Ninth People's Hospital are in full swing and the waiting room is thronged with young people waiting for cosmetic surgery.’
    • ‘‘The area is thronged with people during the day but because of fears about their safety at night, they disappear,’ said one.’
    • ‘For the crowds thronging the place more to see the complex than to watch movies, it's an enjoyable experience.’
    • ‘Judging from the crowds thronging Scotland's streets in the run-up to Christmas, spending is up 3% on last year and there is plenty of good cheer about.’
    • ‘Great crowds thronged the town over the weekend including several visitors.’
    • ‘A record crowd thronged the streets of Castlecomer on the first day of the new millennium.’
    • ‘Friendly crowds thronged the streets heading for bus stops, distant underground stations, or just walking home to the suburbs.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, York city centre remained busy over the holiday weekend with crowds thronging the streets and pubs, and street entertainers drawing crowds.’
    • ‘There are now no Ladas or Skodas, the streets are thronged with modern cars high-powered cars including many BMWs.’
    • ‘In summer its narrow streets are thronged with tour buses, its bars and restaurants noisy with the polyglot banter of tourists from Idaho, Oslo and Moscow.’
    • ‘The place was thronged with people, all quietly enjoying the moment.’
    • ‘Sales fever has officially hit Waterford with huge crowds thronging the city since early Monday in search of post Christmas / New Year bargains.’
    • ‘Thus the wonderful vaulted ceiling of the dawning room is thronged with birds while its walls are painted with Aesop's fables, Lady's Bute bedroom offer interesting contrasts in style and comfort.’
    • ‘Besides, the roads were thronged with unprecedented numbers of men seeking work as a result of the slump.’
    • ‘The pavements were thronged with people, all hurrying along dragging their Christmasses home in carrier bags.’
    • ‘Last Saturday night the Riverbank Arts Centre was thronged with talent and supporters for the Kildare Youth Theatre Talent Competition.’
    • ‘The thousands of walkers in Pattaya received an enthusiastic reception from the crowds that thronged the sidewalks and packed the vantage points.’
    • ‘He is enthused by the huge crowds thronging the place on the first day of the festival and fervently hopes that the flow would continue at the same pace.’
    • ‘The place is always thronged with researchers and those making animal documentaries.’
    pack, pack into, cram, cram into, jam, fill, press into, squeeze into
    crowd round, press round, mill around, mill round
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial of direction Flock or be present in great numbers.
      ‘tourists thronged to the picturesque village’
      • ‘Happy inhabitants throng with tourists, all very convivial.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, traumatised survivors are thronging to mosques and the few psychiatric wards as they try to grapple with the mental shocks of Kashmir's devastating earthquake.’
      • ‘Politicians, journalists, tourists, and other drivers were thronging around them, everyone talking at once, but Sam tuned them all out as if they never existed.’
      • ‘Thousands still thronged to his house to listen to him speak before he flew off to Munich, Germany.’
      • ‘The United defence thronged into the middle for some reason, allowed Wright to send a ball back to Mitchell who was by this time trotting, unaccompanied, into the box.’
      • ‘Scores of wannabees thronged to the auditions for the York Theatre Royal pantomime, Babbies In The Wood.’
      • ‘The country way of living is alive and well judging by the thousands who thronged to Emo Court over the bank holiday weekend.’
      • ‘Doubts about the success of such a risky venture were soon put on the backburner as cinemagoers thronged to cinema halls.’
      • ‘The disclosure came as spectators thronged through the gates to face the prospect of random body searches for the first time in the tournament's history.’
      • ‘He said the absence of the communication facility had left the breathtakingly beautiful area undiscovered for tourists who could throng here if there was an easy communication link.’
      • ‘In Afghanistan the cynics were proved wrong as voters thronged to the polls.’
      • ‘Speaking of Melbourne, that was the first Olympics in which all the athletes just thronged into the stadium for the closing ceremonies.’
      • ‘During the early days of its operation in 1998, customers thronged into the store.’
      • ‘Far from the masses that thronged to Shimla, Darjeeling, or Mahabaleshwar, I seemed able to find true peace only in relic India.’
      • ‘When the celebrations started, all ages and sections of society joined in, with blue-rinse pensioners thronging alongside fresh-faced enthusiasts and even Orthodox priests.’
      • ‘Despite concerns about consumer confidence and a weaker economy, shoppers thronged to Arnotts during 2001, removing any prospect of a dip in earnings.’
      • ‘They thronged to his office so as to kiss his hand and receive blessings before returning to their chanting.’
      • ‘This recommendation would not go down well with most tourists who throng to the hills in summer and the plains in winter.’
      • ‘Not surprisingly, all these outlets are swarming with customers who throng from different parts of city.’
      • ‘Baharum said checking hotel guest lists is a precautionary measure as many foreign tourists throng to the Golden Triangle.’
      rush, stream, flock, troop, crowd, swarm, surge, flood, flow, spill, teem
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Old English (ge)thrang ‘crowd, tumult’, of Germanic origin. The early sense of the verb ( Middle English) was ‘press violently, force one's way’.