verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- thresh out,
- thresher shark,
- threshing machine
Origin of thresh
Examples from the Web for threshing
After the threshing process it is sacked and stored in the fields in which it has grown.Commercial Geography|Jacques W. Redway
One night, in the threshing yard, under the great starry sky, do you remember?Doctor Pascal|Emile Zola
At threshing time the crew looked forward to working for Ben, the farmer, and dreaded the meals prepared by Bella, his wife.Half Portions|Edna Ferber
What is left after these for the threshing floor the thief takes.The Pharaoh and the Priest|Alexander Glovatski
Next, remark that the instruments used for our threshing are chosen also by the Great Husbandman.Talks To Farmers|Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Word Origin 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."