- Usually thews. muscle or sinew.
- thews, physical strength.
Origin of thew
Examples from the Web for thews
Hath he no the smooth face o' a bairn and the thews' o' Behemoth?'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
When your thews are grown it will not be on thuribles they'll spend their strength, or I'm a liar else.The Strolling Saint
None could find fault with their thews and sinews, and as for their spirit, it is for us to see it does not fail.Cyropaedia
The expression upon his face showed that his will was as strong as his thews and sinews.The Champdoce Mystery
And the King thought he had mightily grown in stature and thews.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
- muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
- (plural) muscular strength
Word Origin and History for thews
Old English þeawes "customs, manners, personal qualities," plural of þeaw "habit, custom," from Proto-Germanic *thawaz (cf. Old Saxon thau "usage, custom, habit," Old High German thau "discipline"); no certain cognates outside West Germanic and of unknown origin. Meaning "bodily powers or parts indicating strength, good physique" is attested from 1560s, from notion of "good qualities." Acquired a sense of "muscular development" when it was revived by Scott (1818).
Old English þeaw; see thews.