Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To thrust; push; press.
  • To press; push; force one's way.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb obsolete To press, crowd, or throng.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive, archaic To thrust; to crowd.
  • verb intransitive, archaic To push; to force one's way.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English thringen, from Old English þringan ("to press, squeeze, crowd"), from Proto-Germanic *þrinhwanan (“to press, throng, crush”), from Proto-Indo-European *trenk(w)- (“to beat, hew, press”). Cognate with Dutch dringen ("to push, press, thrust, crowd"), German dringen ("to permeate, penetrate, push through"), Danish trænge ("to penetrate"). More at throng.

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