Thraw

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & v Thraw See Throse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • thraw To twist; hence, to wrench; wrest; distort.
    • thraw To cross; thwart; frustrate.
    • thraw To twist or writhe, as in agony; wriggle; squirm.
    • thraw To cast; warp.
    • thraw To be perverse or obstinate; act perversely.
    • n thraw A twist; a wrench.
    • thraw A Scotch form of throw for throe.
    • n thraw A Scotch form of throw.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Thraw thraw (Scot.) to twist, wrench
    • v.i Thraw to writhe, to wriggle: to be perverse
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Usage

In literature:

He took a thraw to paint mysel'; he painted late and early; O wow!
"Robert Louis Stevenson a Record, an Estimate, and a Memorial" by Alexander H. Japp
Faith, gien it bena a guid ane, I'll thraw the neck o' 'im!
"Donal Grant" by George MacDonald
So I spoke up and said the peasantry pronounced the word three, not thraw.
"Following the Equator, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
So I spoke up and said the peasantry pronounced the word three, not thraw.
"Following the Equator, Part 1" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He's easy wi' a' body that will be easy wi' him; but if ye thraw him, ye had better thraw the deevil.
"Rob Roy, Volume 2., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
He's easy wi' a' body that will be easy wi' him; but if ye thraw him, ye had better thraw the deevil.
"Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Willie Hercus thrawed its neck.
"The Pilots of Pomona" by Robert Leighton
You've thrawed the gentleman down, seemin'ly.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts
Mrs Auld said we were like herring in a barrel, packed heads and thraws.
"The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825" by Gordon Sellar
Nowt o' me's zo zmall as can thraw to heaven through tha straight and narrer way.
"The Treasure of Heaven" by Marie Corelli
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In poetry:

About the middle of the night
The cocks began to craw;
And at the dead hour of the night,
The corpse began to thraw.
"Young Benjie" by Andrew Lang
Losh, hae I hit the nail at last? He turns aboot his heid,
An' raxes oot his han' in haste to dae the awfu' deed;
Three mouthfu's tak's the senna oot, anither cleans the spoon,
Twa thraws or three o' his bit mou', an' that sair task is dune.
"The Bowl O' Senna Leaf" by Alexander Anderson