- any violent convulsion or struggle: the throes of battle.
- the agony of death.
- the pains of childbirth.
Origin of throe
Can be confusedthroe throw
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
British Dictionary definitions for throe
Word Origin for throe
Idioms and Phrases with throe
see in the throes.