[ throh ]
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  1. a violent spasm or pang; paroxysm.

  2. a sharp attack of emotion.

  1. throes,

    • any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.

    • the agony of death.

    • 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)

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British Dictionary definitions for throe


/ (θrəʊ) /

  1. rare a pang or pain

Origin of throe

Old English thrāwu threat; related to Old High German drawa threat, Old Norse thrā desire, thrauka to endure

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see in the throes.

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