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[thrash-er] /ˈθræʃ ər/
a person or thing that thrashes.
any of several long-tailed, thrushlike birds, especially of the genus Toxostoma, related to the mockingbirds.
Compare brown thrasher.
thresher (def 2).
Origin of thrasher
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at thrash, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The thrasher is silent in the berry pasture, and the bobolink in the meadow.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • The killer, the sword-fish, and the thrasher trouble us at home.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI Louisa M. Alcott
  • This subspecies of the Curve-billed thrasher occurs in northwestern Coahuila.

  • The flail of the thrasher does not fall more swiftly upon the corn.

    Burlesques William Makepeace Thackeray
  • So he told Buddy Brown thrasher that his promise was fair enough.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The thrasher is a strong fish, twenty feet long, and of great weight.

    Fighting the Whales R.M. Ballantyne
  • Bad enough,” said the captain; “they agree together like a whale and a thrasher.

    Frank Mildmay Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Because of its short wings the movements of this thrasher are rather heavy.

  • And the sower, the mower, the reaper and thrasher are also extinct.

    An Old English Home S. Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for thrasher


another name for thresher (sense 3)


any of various brown thrushlike American songbirds of the genus Toxostoma and related genera, having a long downward-curving bill and long tail: family Mimidae (mockingbirds)
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from English dialect thresher, thrusher a thrush
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