[ thrash-ing ]
/ ˈθræʃ ɪŋ /


a flogging; whipping.
the act of a person or thing that thrashes.
a pile or quantity of threshed grain or the grain threshed at one time.

Origin of thrashing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at thrash, -ing1

Definition for thrashing (2 of 2)

Origin of thrash

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

Synonym study

1. See beat. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thrashing

British Dictionary definitions for thrashing (1 of 2)


/ (ˈθræʃɪŋ) /


a physical assault; flogging
a convincing defeata 5–1 thrashing

British Dictionary definitions for thrashing (2 of 2)


/ (θræʃ) /



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 thrashing



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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