[ thyoo ]
/ θyu /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for thew


/ (θjuː) /


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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