- British (chiefly Literary ). the song thrush.
- Obsolete. a machine for spinning wool, cotton, etc., in which the twisting and winding are simultaneous and continuous.
Origin of throstle
Examples from the Web for throstle
Yellow hair at her, and eyes like the sea, and a voice same as the throstle!Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
Barbara was nineteen, and she had a voice which for gaiety and sweetness was like that of a throstle.Cruel Barbara Allen
David Christie Murray
Throstle and skylark to be admired must be heard at a distance.Birds in Town and Village
W. H. Hudson
You'll niver hear a throstle i' front o' a robin, nor a robin i' front o' a blackbird.More Tales of the Ridings
I wonder if even a throstle would not get out of tune were it sentenced to life-long captivity?Mavis of Green Hill
- a poetic name for the thrush, esp the song thrush
- a spinning machine for wool or cotton in which the fibres are twisted and wound continuously
Word Origin and History for throstle
"thrush," Old English þrostle, from Proto-Germanic *thrustalo (cf. Old Saxon throsla, Old High German droscala, German Drossel "thrush"), altered from (perhaps a diminutive of) *thurstaz (see thrush (n.1)), though OED considers this a distinct word from the same PIE root.