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thew

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noun
  1. Usually thews. muscle or sinew.
  2. thews, physical strength.

Origin of thew

before 900; Middle English; Old English thēaw custom, usage; cognate with Old High German thau (later dau) discipline; akin to Latin tuērī to watch
Related formsthew·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thewy

thew

noun
  1. muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
  2. (plural) muscular strength
Derived Formsthewy, adjectivethewless, adjective

Word Origin

Old English thēaw; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thau discipline, Latin tuērī to observe, tūtus secure
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Word Origin and History for thewy

thew

n.

Old English þeaw; see thews.

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