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[thawr] /θɔr/
Scandinavian Mythology. the god of thunder, rain, and farming, represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Mjolnir: the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.
a medium-range U.S. Air Force ballistic missile developed in the early 1950s and powered by a single liquid-propellant rocket engine.
a male given name.
Origin of Thor
before 1050; Old English Thōr < Old Norse Thōrr literally, thunder Unabridged
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  • The God of Fire explained everything, for Thor would not speak.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • It may be she did not know of the lost hammer or she would have saved Thor his long journey.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Now, do you see that Thor's day comes when Woden's day goes?

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Thor caught two whales and carried them to the giant's house, as he had promised.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Baldur, the youngest brother of Thor, was called The Beautiful.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
British Dictionary definitions for Thor


(Norse myth) the god of thunder, depicted as wielding a hammer, emblematic of the thunderbolt
Word Origin
Old English Thōr, from Old Norse thōrrthunder
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Word Origin and History for Thor

Odin's eldest son, strongest of the gods though not the wisest, c.1020, from Old Norse Þorr, literally "thunder," from *þunroz, related to Old English þunor (see thunder).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Thor in Culture

Thor definition

The god of thunder in Norse mythology. He wielded a hammer.

Note: Thursday (Thor's day) is named after Thor.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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