verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of thaw
Synonyms for thaw
Antonyms for thaw
Examples from the Web for thawed
Contemporary Examples of thawed
The beef remains in this condition until it is thawed, ensuring the freshness and quality from when it was originally frozen.5 Things You Need to Know About Grass-Fed Beef
April 13, 2010
Historical Examples of thawed
Polar ice would have been thawed by this reopening of communication.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If the fish is frozen, it should first be thawed in cold water.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Vera Farlow thawed considerably before the evening was over.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
Mr. Lumley thawed a bit at the sight of the proffered cigar.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
"The snow had just then thawed from my eyes," he has himself often repeated.
Word Origin for thaw
Old English þawian, from Proto-Germanic *thawojanan (cf. Old Norse þeyja, Middle Low German doien, Dutch dooien, Old High German douwen, German tauen "to thaw"), from PIE root *ta- "to melt, dissolve" (cf. Sanskrit toyam "water," Ossetic thayun "to thaw," Welsh tawadd "molten," Doric Greek takein "to melt, waste, be consumed," Old Irish tam "pestilence," Latin tabes "a melting, wasting away, putrefaction," Old Church Slavonic tajati "to melt"). Related: Thawed; thawing.
c.1400, from thaw (v.). Figurative sense of "relaxation of political harshness or hostility" is recorded from 1950, an image from the "Cold War."