- any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
- the agony of death.
- the pains of childbirth.
Origin of throe
Examples from the Web for throe
Pang, pang, n. a violent but not long-continued pain: a sudden and bitter feeling of sorrow: a throe.
A throe of anguish caused her to concentrate her strength with one grand effort, and the rope that held her right hand parted.Shadow, the Mysterious Detective|Police Captain Howard
A tremor, a throe of the senses, ran through the assembly as through a single body.Tales of Mean Streets|Arthur Morrison
Sneak had hastily brought thither his effects, and without a throe of regret abandoned his house for ever to the owls.Wild Western Scenes|John Beauchamp Jones
Eunice shut her eyes in a throe of memory that ploughed deep pain-lines in her visage.Jessamine|Marion Harland
Word Origin for throe
c.1200, throwe "pain, pang of childbirth, agony of death," possibly from Old English þrawan "twist, turn, writhe" (see throw), or altered from Old English þrea (genitive þrawe) "affliction, pang, evil, threat" (related to þrowian "to suffer"), from Proto-Germanic *thrawo (cf. Middle High German dro "threat," German drohen "to threaten"). Modern spelling first recorded 1610s. Related: Throes.
see in the throes.