a person or thing that thrashes.
any of several long-tailed, thrushlike birds, especially of the genus Toxostoma, related to the mockingbirds.Compare brown thrasher.

Origin of thrasher

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at thrash, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thrasher

Contemporary Examples of thrasher

  • He slouches in his tall frame, wears a Thrasher T shirt to an interview and on this particular morning has sticky-looking hair.

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    Hollywood’s Reluctant Leading Man

    Lorenza Muñoz

    August 18, 2011

Historical Examples of thrasher

  • The thrasher is silent in the berry pasture, and the bobolink in the meadow.

    The Foot-path Way

    Bradford Torrey

  • The killer, the sword-fish, and the thrasher trouble us at home.

    Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag VI

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • This subspecies of the Curve-billed Thrasher occurs in northwestern Coahuila.

  • The flail of the thrasher does not fall more swiftly upon the corn.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • So he told Buddy Brown Thrasher that his promise was fair enough.

    The Tale of Bobby Bobolink

    Arthur Scott Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for thrasher




another name for thresher (def. 3)




any of various brown thrushlike American songbirds of the genus Toxostoma and related genera, having a long downward-curving bill and long tail: family Mimidae (mockingbirds)

Word Origin for thrasher

C19: perhaps from English dialect thresher, thrusher a thrush
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