thrasher

[thrash-er]

Origin of thrasher

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at thrash, -er1
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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.

    Burlesques

    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

thrasher

1
noun
  1. another name for thresher (def. 3)

thrasher

2
noun
  1. 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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