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Thor

[thawr]
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noun
  1. Scandinavian Mythology. the god of thunder, rain, and farming, represented as riding a chariot drawn by goats and wielding the hammer Mjolnir: the defender of the Aesir, destined to kill and be killed by the Midgard Serpent.
  2. a medium-range U.S. Air Force ballistic missile developed in the early 1950s and powered by a single liquid-propellant rocket engine.
  3. a male given name.
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Origin of Thor

before 1050; Old English Thōr < Old Norse Thōrr literally, thunder
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  • The God of Fire explained everything, for Thor would not speak.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Now, do you see that Thor's day comes when Woden's day goes?

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • It may be she did not know of the lost hammer or she would have saved Thor his long journey.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Thor caught two whales and carried them to the giant's house, as he had promised.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • Baldur, the youngest brother of Thor, was called The Beautiful.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd


British Dictionary definitions for thor

Thor

noun
  1. Norse myth the god of thunder, depicted as wielding a hammer, emblematic of the thunderbolt
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Word Origin

Old English Thōr, from Old Norse thōrr thunder
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Word Origin and History for thor

Thor

Odin's eldest son, strongest of the gods though not the wisest, c.1020, from Old Norse Þorr, literally "thunder," from *þunroz, related to Old English þunor (see thunder).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

thor in Culture

Thor

The god of thunder in Norse mythology. He wielded a hammer.

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Note

Thursday (Thor's day) is named after Thor.
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