(literary) a crowd of people We pushed our way through the throng. He was met by a throng of journalists and photographers. Word Origin Old English (ge)thrang ‘crowd, tumult’, of Germanic origin. The early sense of the verb (Middle English) was ‘press violently, force one's way’.Extra examples He made his way slowly through the throng. She was lost in the throng. people coming from all directions to join the throng Shopkeepers were closing up and joining the throng in the streets.