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Usually thews. muscle or sinew.
thews, physical strength.
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM thewthewy, adjective
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How to use thew in a sentence
These hills, if we have to mount them, shall sorely try the thews of horse and man.
But our forebears were composed of less delicate nerves and tougher thews and sinews than ourselves.The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries|Charles G. Harper
That angels were, moreover, supposed to possess thews and sinews, we find from Gen. xxxii.Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
The sufferer took a strange liking to this long-dreaded relation, this man of iron frame and thews.Night and Morning, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
And 'tis better a brain than thews and sinews, gold or lands, seeing that it has all these at command when I need them.The Long Night|Stanley Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for thew
/ (θjuː) /
muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
(plural) muscular strength
Derived forms of thewthewy, 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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