verb (used with object)
- thorium dioxide,
- thorium series,
- thorn apple,
- thorn in one's flesh,
- thorn moth,
Origin of thorn
Examples from the Web for thorn
Thorn also posted a video on his personal YouTube page wherein he desk-dances to Taylor Swift.Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Kids (Again), Taylor Swift’s 1989 Aerobics, and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That freedom has been a thorn in the side of many cardinals who feel the sisters should be more conservative.
A tabletop bronze of a boy pulling a thorn from his foot, made around 1500 by the Renaissance sculptor known as Antico.
For more than 40 years now, Norwegian director Vibeke Løkkeberg has relished being a thorn in the side of authorities.In ‘Tears of Gaza,’ Vibeke Løkkeberg Focuses on Children of War|Lorenza Muñoz|September 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Senator Blanche Lincoln was a thorn in the Democrats' side during the health-care debate.
Then we went, but as I passed through the thorn trees I turned and looked at Sihamba, and lo!Swallow|H. Rider Haggard
She starts low down among the plants, thorn and thistle, gorse and cactus."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"|Douglas English
One of them described a circle round the thorn, within which the plough should not go.The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
The King tossed his head proudly and observed: “Who would not play the thorn with two such buds to blush on either side?”Mistress Nell|George C. Hazelton, Jr.
I grieve over it off and on, a kind of thorn in de flesh, my husband used to say.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves|Work Projects Administration
- any of various trees or shrubs having thorns, esp the hawthorn
- the wood of any of these plants
Word Origin for thorn
Old English þorn "sharp point on a stem or branch," earlier "thorny tree or plant," from Proto-Germanic *thurnuz (cf. Old Saxon thorn, Dutch doorn, Old High German dorn, German Dorn, Old Norse þorn, Gothic þaurnus), from PIE *trnus (cf. Old Church Slavonic trunu "thorn," Sanskrit trnam "blade of grass," Greek ternax "stalk of the cactus," Irish trainin "blade of grass"), from *(s)ter-n- "thorny plant," from root *ster- "stiff."
Figurative sense of "anything which causes pain" is recorded from early 13c. (thorn in the flesh is from II Cor. xii:7). Also an Anglo-Saxon and Icelandic runic letter (þ), named for the word of which it was the initial.