athwart

[uh-thwawrt]
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adverb
  1. from side to side; crosswise.
  2. Nautical.
    1. at right angles to the fore-and-aft line; across.
    2. broadside to the wind because of equal and opposite pressures of wind and tide: a ship riding athwart.
  3. perversely; awry; wrongly.
preposition
  1. from side to side of; across.
  2. Nautical. across the direction or course of.
  3. in opposition to; contrary to.

Origin of athwart

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at a-1, thwart
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Related Words for athwart

across, crosswise

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British Dictionary definitions for athwart

athwart

adverb
  1. transversely; from one side to another
preposition
  1. across the path or line of (esp a ship)
  2. in opposition to; against

Word Origin for athwart

C15: from a- ² + thwart
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Word Origin and History for athwart
adv.

late 15c., from a- (1) + thwart.

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