- 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 thwarting
Prince said that despite $80 billion a year in spending, U.S. intelligence had nothing to do with thwarting the Nigerian national.Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: War on Terror Has Become Too Big
November 19, 2013
Military men defended the repression as key to thwarting the communist threat.Guatemala’s Trial of the Century
May 6, 2013
The outside world has achieved remarkable success delaying and thwarting the Iranian nuclear program.Stand With Israel
November 20, 2012
Romney said current trade restrictions are thwarting economic growth in developing nations as well as in the United States.Mitt Romney Speaks at Clinton Global Initiative, Hopes for Clinton “Bounce”
September 25, 2012
The prison lobby ensures this does not happen by thwarting nearly every reform that could result in fewer people behind bars.Norquist's Jindal Veep Mistake
May 16, 2012
She has been thwarting me for the last hour about everything I want to do.The Imaginary Invalid
We're not thwarting Lieutenant Ferry's plan, we're only improving upon it.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
“Sir Peter has great faith in annoying and thwarting me,” she went on.The First Violin
I have been thwarting, deceiving, and betraying you—from conviction.'A Set of Six
They hate me now because I have been instrumental in thwarting them.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- 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 thwarting
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.