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)

  1. to assemble, collect, or go in large numbers; crowd.

verb (used with object)

  1. to crowd or press upon; jostle.
  2. to fill or occupy with or as with a crowd: He thronged the picture with stars.
  3. to bring or drive together into or as into a crowd, heap, or collection.
  4. to fill by crowding or pressing into: They thronged the small room.

adjective Scot. and North England.

  1. filled with people or objects; crowded.
  2. (of time) filled with things to do; busy.


  1. a great number of people or things crowded together


  1. to gather in or fill (a place) in large numbers; crowd
  2. (tr) to hem in (a person); jostle


  1. Yorkshire dialect (postpositive) busy

n.c.1300, probably shortened from Old English geþrang “crowd, tumult” (related to verb þringan “to push, crowd, press”), from Proto-Germanic *thrangan (cf. Old Norse þröng, Dutch drang, German Drang “crowd, throng”). v.“go in a crowd,” 1530s, from throng (n.). Related: Thronged; thronging.

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