[ thrawn, thrahn ]

Origin of thrawn

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (north and Scots), variant of thrown; see thraw

Other words from thrawn

  • thrawnly, adverb
  • thrawnness, noun

Words Nearby thrawn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use thrawn in a sentence

  • Ay, I've had a grand walking tour, but the weather was a wee bit thrawn.

    Huntingtower | John Buchan
  • I'll neither mak or mar, as the young cock said when he saw the auld cock's neck thrawn.

    The Proverbs of Scotland | Alexander Hislop
  • The bedsteads hanging midway between floors look twisted and thrawn—nothing stands up straight.

  • thrawn and twisted the old Gordon stock might be, but it had at least this one offshoot of perfect grace and symmetry.

    Kilmeny of the Orchard | Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • What he had to say was of vast importance, and thrawn Island shared in his achievement.

    Creatures of the Abyss | Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for thrawn


/ (θrɔːn) /

adjectiveScot and Northern English dialect
  1. crooked or twisted

  2. stubborn; perverse

Origin of thrawn

Northern English dialect, variant of thrown, from Old English thrāwan to twist about, throw

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