throe

[ throh ]
/ θroʊ /

noun

a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.
a sharp attack of emotion.
throes,
  1. any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
  2. the agony of death.
  3. the pains of childbirth.

Origin of throe

1150–1200; Middle English throwe, alteration of thrawe (-o- from Old English thrōwian to suffer, be in pain), Old English thrawu; cognate with Old Norse thrā (in līkthrā leprosy)

Can be confused

throe throw
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British Dictionary definitions for throe

throe

/ (θrəʊ) /

noun

rare a pang or pain

Word Origin for throe

Old English thrāwu threat; related to Old High German drawa threat, Old Norse thrā desire, thrauka to endure
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Idioms and Phrases with throe

throe


see in the throes.

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