Usually thews. muscle or sinew.
thews, physical strength.

Origin of thew

before 900; Middle English; Old English thēaw custom, usage; cognate with Old High German thau (later dau) discipline; akin to Latin tuērī to watch
Related formsthew·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thew

Historical Examples of thew

  • But do not count us by what we are in thew and muscle, but by what our summons can do among our countrymen.

    Red Gauntlet

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Alice Sheltoir, charged with being a common scold—to the thew.


    Walter Besant

  • Thou art a man of many inches—of thew and sinew—Hey, but thou art a man!

  • Nick, larger than his brother, was a tower of thew and muscle.

    In the Brooding Wild

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • And she thew herself into Ralph's arms, while the tears of sorrow were quickly turned to tears of joy.

    The Young Bridge-Tender

    Arthur M. Winfield

British Dictionary definitions for thew



muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
(plural) muscular strength
Derived Formsthewy, adjectivethewless, adjective

Word Origin for thew

Old English thēaw; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thau discipline, Latin tuērī to observe, tūtus secure
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Word Origin and History for thew

Old English þeaw; see thews.

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