Also thrash.

Origin of thresh

before 900; Middle English threschen, thresshen, Old English threscan; cognate with German dreschen, Gothic thriskan; akin to Dutch dorsen, Old Norse thriskja

Related forms

re·thresh, verb (used with object)un·threshed, adjective

Can be confused

thrash thresh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thresh

British Dictionary definitions for thresh


/ (θrɛʃ) /


to beat or rub stalks of ripe corn or a similar crop either with a hand implement or a machine to separate the grain from the husks and straw
(tr) to beat or strike
(intr often foll by about) to toss and turn; thrash


the act of threshing

Word Origin for thresh

Old English threscan; related to Gothic thriskan, Old Norse thriskja; see thrash
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