Origin of thrash

before 900; Middle English thrasshen, variant of thresshen to thresh
Related formsun·thrashed, adjectivewell-thrashed, adjective
Can be confusedthrash thresh

Synonyms for thrash

1. maul, drub.

Synonym study

1. See beat.
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British Dictionary definitions for thrashed

thrash

verb

(tr) to beat soundly, as with a whip or stick
(tr) to defeat totally; overwhelm
(intr) to beat or plunge about in a wild manner
(intr) to move the legs up and down in the water, as in certain swimming strokes
to sail (a boat) against the wind or tide or (of a boat) to sail in this way
another word for thresh

noun

the act of thrashing; blow; beating
informal a party or similar social gathering
See also thrash out

Word Origin for thrash

Old English threscan; related to Old High German dreskan, Old Norse thriskja
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Word Origin and History for thrashed

thrash

v.

1580s, "to separate grains from wheat, etc., by beating," dialectal variant of threshen (see thresh). Sense of "beat (someone) with (or as if with) a flail" is first recorded c.1600. Meaning "to make wild movements like those of a flail or whip" is attested from 1846. Related: Thrashed; thrashing. Type of fast heavy metal music first called by this name 1982.

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