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[thrawn, thrahn] /θrɔn, θrɑn/
adjective, Scot.
twisted; crooked; distorted.
contrary; peevish; perverse.
unpleasant; sullen.
Origin of thrawn
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (north and Scots), variant of thrown; see thraw
Related forms
thrawnly, adverb
thrawnness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for thrawn
Historical Examples
  • They were the windows of the thrawn Island satellite-tracking installation.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • There was a mention of thrawn Island as being on the very edge of the Deep.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The bolide was not white-hot, then, as when it passed over thrawn Island.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • "Morton's just been talking to me from thrawn Island," he said abruptly.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • What he had to say was of vast importance, and thrawn Island shared in his achievement.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • They dug him up, and carried the poor "thrawn" frame to where it could be sold.

  • And her ye telled that ye couldna bide hair that wadna keep smooth, but was aye a'kinked and thrawn into devalls and curliewigs.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • His neck, as we say in Scotland, was 'thrawn', and that was why he had lain on his back yet with his face turned away from me.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • This is not quite true: thrawn Janet was an earlier effort; and if there the problem is persistent, the woman is real.

    Robert Louis Stevenson Alexander H. Japp
  • Three miles from where thrawn Island lay, there were soundings of twenty-eight thousand feet and upward.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for thrawn


adjective (Scot & Northern English, dialect)
crooked or twisted
stubborn; perverse
Word Origin
Northern English dialect, variant of thrown, from Old English thrāwan to twist about, throw
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