[ thred ]
/ θrɛd /


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. thrasybulus,
  2. thrave,
  3. thraw,
  4. thrawart,
  5. thrawn,
  6. thread blight,
  7. thread escutcheon,
  8. thread mark,
  9. thread rolling,
  10. thread rope

Origin of thread

before 900; (noun) Middle English threed, Old English thrǣd; cognate with Dutch draad, German Draht, Old Norse thrathr wire; (v.) Middle English threeden, derivative of the noun See throw

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British Dictionary definitions for thread


/ (θrɛd) /



See also threads

Derived Formsthreader, nounthreadless, adjectivethreadlike, adjective

Word Origin for thread

Old English thrǣd; related to Old Frisian thrēd, Old High German drāt, Old Norse thrāthr thread

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Word Origin and History for thread
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with thread


see hang by a thread; lose the thread.

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