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or thorpe

noun Archaic.
  1. a hamlet; village.
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Origin of thorp

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Dorf, Old Norse thorp village, Gothic thaurp field
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Historical Examples of thorp

  • This new type is illustrated in Hallock & Thorp's Catalogue.

    Talks about Flowers.

    M. D. Wellcome

  • Thorp perceived it, without any 'lead' from me; so it is not merely my own fancy.

  • He scalped Thorp and carred off the whole upper part of his skull with it.

  • And saying this, he left the room, followed by Colonel Thorp.

  • Anne left her situation at Thorp Green of her own accord, June 1845.

British Dictionary definitions for thorp



noun (in place names)
  1. a small village
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Word Origin for thorp

Old English; related to Old Norse thorp village, Old High German dorf, Gothic thaurp
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Word Origin and History for thorp


Old English ðorp "village, hamlet, farm, estate," reinforced by Old Norse ðorp, both from Proto-Germanic *thurpa- (cf. Old Frisian thorp, Frisian terp, Middle Dutch, Dutch dorp, German dorf "village," Gothic þaurp "estate, land, field"), probably from PIE root *treb- "dwelling." Preserved in place names ending in -thorp, -thrup.

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