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.

Nearby words

  1. throatlatch,
  2. throatwash,
  3. throaty,
  4. throb,
  5. throckmorton,
  6. throes,
  7. thrombase,
  8. thrombasthenia,
  9. thrombectomy,
  10. thrombin

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 confusedthroe throw

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British Dictionary definitions for throes

throes

/ (θrəʊz) /

pl n

a condition of violent pangs, pain, or convulsionsdeath throes
in the throes of struggling with great effort witha country in the throes of revolution

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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Word Origin and History for throes

throe

n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with throes

throe

see in the throes.

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