Antonyms for flocked

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Mrs. Wade sighed as she remembered how everyone had flocked around Norah.

All the gentlemen in the three counties were at it; far and near, how they flocked!

But in time of war all the people had flocked into the fortress.

And now it flocked thither with the one idea of being entertained.

All that could flee exiled themselves; the Greeks flocked to Italy.

Our lower classes, "coolies" from the Cantonese districts, have flocked to America.

The neighbours wondered not a little, and flocked to gaze and admire.

The natives became so fond of Patteson that they flocked round him at all times.

When they heard of the queen's summons they flocked from all parts, but none could cure him.

Settlers had flocked to get passage to the new, fertile world.


Old English flocc "a group of persons, company, troop," related to Old Norse flokkr "crowd, troop, band," Middle Low German vlocke "crowd, flock (of sheep);" not found in other Germanic languages; perhaps related to folc "people," but the metathesis would have been unusual for Old English.

Extended c.1200 to "a number of animals of one kind moving or feeding together;" of domestic animals c.1300. Transferred to bodies of Christians, in relation to Christ or their local pastor, from mid-14c.