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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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  • 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
  • The bolide was not white-hot, then, as when it passed over thrawn Island.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • They were the windows of the thrawn Island satellite-tracking installation.

    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
  • The bedsteads hanging midway between floors look twisted and thrawn—nothing stands up straight.

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

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Fourteen hours later the Esperance made ready to sail from thrawn Island.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • Three miles from where thrawn Island lay, there were soundings of twenty-eight thousand feet and upward.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • We believe that something else makes the deep-sea fish come up into the thrawn Island lagoon, don't we?

    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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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