- to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.
- to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.).
- to cross.
- to extend across.
- a seat across a boat, especially one used by a rower.
- a transverse member spreading the gunwales of a canoe or the like.
- passing or lying crosswise or across; cross; transverse.
- perverse; obstinate.
- adverse; unfavorable.
- across; athwart.
Origin of thwart
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Examples from the Web for thwart
An independent Paris publishing house, Les Arènes, is said to have had a skeleton staff working on the project to thwart leaks.Hollande's Jilted Lover Valerie Trierweiler Tells All
September 3, 2014
“They made every effort they could to thwart the study at every turn,” she says.Why Did America’s Only Pot Researcher Suddenly Get Fired?
July 10, 2014
Sadly for the NRA, we are in the Information Age, and the truth is starting to regularly get past their efforts to thwart it.How the NRA Enables Massacres
May 24, 2014
All Facebook will see is cyphertext—the mathematical gibberish computers generate to thwart spying eyes.Crypto for the Masses: Here’s How You Can Resist the NSA
May 12, 2014
Did Johnnie Cochran, the lawyer who “got him off,” as the public is prone to say, serve justice or thwart it?My First Autopsy Report: Excerpt From David Berg’s ‘Run, Brother, Run’`
June 10, 2013
If it please you to take a leap into nothing it were pity to thwart you.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
To do what the superior power requires of him, he must thwart his inclinations.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
The vigilance of Sam had detected him, in time to thwart his purpose.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
He wa'n't on the thwart, but down in a heap on the cockpit floor.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
He scrambled to the thwart, pushed her aside and seized the oars.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- to oppose successfully or prevent; frustratethey thwarted the plan
- obsolete to be or move across
- nautical a seat lying across a boat and occupied by an oarsman
- passing or being situated across
- archaic perverse or stubborn
- obsolete across
Word Origin and History for thwart
c.1200, from Old Norse þvert "across," originally neuter of thverr (adj.) "transverse, across," cognate with Old English þweorh "transverse, perverse, angry, cross," from Proto-Germanic *thwerkhaz (cf. Middle Dutch dwers, Dutch dwars "cross-grained, contrary," Old High German twerh, German quer, Gothic þwairhs "angry"), altered (by influence of *thwer- "to turn") from *therkh-, from PIE *twork-/*twerk- "twist" (cf. Latin torquere "to twist," Sanskrit tarkuh "spindle," Old Church Slavonic traku "band, girdle," Old High German drahsil "turner," German drechseln "to turn on a lathe").
"oppose, hinder," mid-13c., from thwart (adv.). Related: Thwarted; thwarting.