[ threep ]
/ θrip /
Scot. and North England


an argument; quarrel.
a hostile charge; accusation.

verb (used with object)

to rebuke; scold.

verb (used without object)

to argue; bicker.


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Origin of threap

before 900; (v.) Middle English threpen, Old English thrēapian to blame; (noun) Middle English threp(e), derivative of the v.


threap·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for threap



/ (θriːp) /

verb (tr) Scot and Northern English dialect

to scold
to contradict

Derived forms of threap

threaper or threeper, noun

Word Origin for threap

Old English thrēapian to blame; related to Old Frisian thrūwa, Old High German threwen, Old Norse threa
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