a sharp excrescence on a plant, especially a sharp-pointed aborted branch; spine; prickle.
any of various thorny shrubs or trees, especially the hawthorns belonging to the genus Crataegus, of the rose family.
the wood of any of these trees.
a runic character (þ), borrowed into the Latin alphabet and representing the initial th sounds in thin and they in Old English, or thin in modern Icelandic.
something that wounds, annoys, or causes discomfort.
to prick with a thorn; vex.
Idioms about thorn
thorn in one's side / flesh, a source of continual irritation or suffering: That child is a thorn in the teacher's side.
- thornless, adjective
- thornlike, adjective
- un·thorn, verb (used with object)
Other definitions for Thorn (2 of 2)
German name of Toruń.
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How to use thorn in a sentence
Since iAd’s closure, Apple has become a thorn in the side of the online ad industry.‘It’s the first time they’re listening’: Apple is striking a more conciliatory tone with the ad industry | Lara O'Reilly | September 8, 2020 | Digiday
The Tampa Bay Rays gave New York a good fight early last season and were also a thorn in the Houston Astros’ side during the postseason.Baseball Will Be Weird This Year. But The Astros And Yankees Are Favorites In The American League … Again. | Neil Paine (email@example.com) | July 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Some fish may be eating only the crown-of-thorns’ tiny, squishy larvae.
Adorned with spikes and toxins, crown-of-thorns starfish aren’t an easy meal.
Yet occasional starfish population booms suggest something is normally eating live, healthy crown-of-thorns and keeping their numbers in check.
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But the system that Battle represents is a constant thorn in their side.
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.
There are just as many covetable skirts and delicate silk tap shorts as there are thorn-cupped bras and barely-there g-strings.
Taylor alludes to several made from the well known Glastonbury thorn.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
I feel as if he were a little child crying with a thorn in his finger, and he had no mother to take it out.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline | Jennie M. Drinkwater
He lay motionless in her lap, until the thorn suddenly let go and lay in Jess' hand.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
Then she held the soft paw firmly with her left hand, and pulled steadily on the thorn with her right hand.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
She received the infection on a part of the hand which had been previously in a slight degree injured by a scratch from a thorn.An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae | Edward Jenner
British Dictionary definitions for thorn (1 of 2)
a sharp pointed woody extension of a stem or leaf: Compare prickle (def. 1)
any of various trees or shrubs having thorns, esp the hawthorn
the wood of any of these plants
short for thorn moth
a Germanic character of runic origin Þ used in Old and Modern Icelandic to represent the voiceless dental fricative sound of th, as in thin, bath. Its use in phonetics for the same purpose is now obsolete: See theta
this same character as used in Old and Middle English as an alternative to edh, but indistinguishable from it in function or sound: Compare edh
zoology any of various sharp spiny parts
a source of irritation (esp in the phrases a thorn in one's side or flesh)
- thornless, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for Thorn (2 of 2)
the German name for Toruń
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Scientific definitions for thorn
A short, hard, pointed part of a stem or branch of a woody plant. Compare spine.
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