- a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.
- a sharp attack of emotion.
- any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
- the agony of death.
- the pains of childbirth.
Origin of throe
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Examples from the Web for throe
“You will not throe me off my guard thus,” said Henry, sternly.Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader
Every throe of the sick girl seemed to penetrate her own body.Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty
J. W. de Forest
Nothing in his life, no throe of passion or gratification, had been like this.Cytherea
Something surged in him like the throe of the river where the ship went in.The Cup of Fury
She was startled by the throe of pitiful regret that seized her.Shadows of Flames
- rare a pang or pain
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with throe
see in the throes.