- a piece of land cleared from forest or reclaimed from wasteland
Word Origin for thwaite
Examples from the Web for thwaite
Historical Examples of thwaite
My mouth's watering so for that Thwaite currant jelly, you can't think.
How blessedly happy Joanie and the children were yesterday at the Thwaite!
I'm always looking at the Thwaite, and thinking how nice it is that you are there.
Thwaite's wife had a practical enough explanation of the case.
"It's an ill wind as blows nobody good," said Thwaite himself.
Word Origin and History for thwaite
"cleared land," 1620s, from Old Norse or Old Danish þveit "a clearing, meadow, paddock," literally "cutting, cut-piece" (related to Old English þwitan "to cut, cut off"). Always a rare word and now obsolete, but frequently encountered in place names, but "It is unclear whether the base meaning was 'something cut off, detached piece of land,' or 'something cut down, felled tree' ..." [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names].