[threep]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.

Nearby words

  1. threadneedle street,
  2. threads,
  3. threadworm,
  4. thready,
  5. thready pulse,
  6. threat,
  7. threaten,
  8. threatened,
  9. threatened species,
  10. threatening

Origin of threap

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

Related formsthreap·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for threap



verb (tr) Scot and Northern English dialect

to scold
to contradict
Derived Formsthreaper 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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