verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of thresh
Examples from the Web for thresh
Yet, though I thresh them all together, I cannot call them liars, either.Faust|Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
The farmer caught up a huge flail with which he was wont to thresh out his oats.Hunted and Harried|R.M. Ballantyne
During the harvest the farmers dry and thresh out their crops in it.Jerusalem Explored, Volume I--Text|Ermete Pierotti
That's where we thresh things out, and in this case there was no time to lose.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Then we'll thresh them on the barn floor and it will be time soon, Hal, to husk your corn and bring in Aunt Lolly's pumpkins.Daddy Takes Us to the Garden|Howard R. Garis
British Dictionary definitions for thresh
Word Origin for thresh
Word Origin and History for thresh
Old English þrescan, þerscan "to beat, sift grain by trampling or beating," from Proto-Germanic *threskanan "to thresh," originally "to tread, to stamp noisily" (cf. Middle Dutch derschen, Dutch dorschen, Old High German dreskan, German dreschen, Old Norse þreskja, Gothic þriskan), from PIE root *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw).
The basic notion is of treading out wheat under foot of men or oxen, later, with the advent of the flail, the word acquired its modern extended sense of "to knock, beat, strike." The original Germanic sense is suggested by the use of the word in Romanic languages that borrowed it, e.g. Italian trescare "to prance," Old French treschier "to dance," Spanish triscar "to stamp the feet."