[ uh-thwawrt ]
/ əˈθwɔrt /


from side to side; crosswise.
  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.
perversely; awry; wrongly.


from side to side of; across.
Nautical. across the direction or course of.
in opposition to; contrary to.

Origin of athwart

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at a-1, thwart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for athwart

/ (əˈθwɔːt) /


transversely; from one side to another


across the path or line of (esp a ship)
in opposition to; against

Word Origin for athwart

C15: from a- ² + thwart
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