Origin of throwster

First recorded in 1425–75, throwster is from the late Middle English word throwestre. See throw, -ster Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for throwster

Historical Examples of throwster

  • Where the throwster is accountable for loss, the price is from 10 fr.

  • The throwster's shop-theatre was, in his eyes, a sort of conventicle.

  • At the mill the raw silk goes to the "throwster" who twists the silk threads ready for the loom.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • It is handled here first by the “throwster,” who winds it from the skein and makes various kinds of thread for different purposes.


    William H. Dooley

  • It is handled here first by the throwster who winds it from the skein and makes different varieties of thread.


    William H. Dooley

British Dictionary definitions for throwster


  1. a person who twists silk or other fibres into yarn

Word Origin for throwster

C15 throwestre, from throw + -ster
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