thwart

  • 1 thwart — thwart·ed·ly; thwart·er; thwart·ships; thwart; …

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  • 2 Thwart — Thwart, a. [OE. [thorn]wart, [thorn]wert, a. and adv., Icel. [thorn]vert, neut. of [thorn]verr athwart, transverse, across; akin to AS. [thorn]weorh perverse, transverse, cross, D. dwars, OHG. dwerah, twerh, G. zwerch, quer, Dan. & Sw. tver… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Thwart — Thwart, v. i. 1. To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to be in opposition; to clash. [R.] [1913 Webster] Any proposition . . . that shall at all thwart with internal oracles. Locke. [1913 Webster] [1913… …

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  • 4 Thwart — Thwart, adv. [See {Thwart}, a.] Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 Thwart — Thwart, prep. Across; athwart. Spenser. [1913 Webster] {Thwart ships}. See {Athwart ships}, under {Athwart}. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 Thwart — Thwart, n. (Naut.) A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 Thwart — Thwart, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thwarted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thwarting}.] 1. To move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow thwarts the air. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Swift as a shooting star In autumn thwarts the night. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …

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  • 8 thwart — [θwo:t US θwo:rt] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: thwart across (13 19 centuries), from Old Norse thvert] to prevent someone from doing what they are trying to do ▪ Fierce opposition thwarted the government s plans. ▪ thwarted ambition …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 thwart´er — thwart «thwrt», verb, noun, adjective, adverb. –v.t. 1. to oppose and defeat; keep from doing something: »The boy s lack of money thwarted his plans for college. SYNONYM(S): baffle, balk, foil. See syn. under frustrate. (Cf. ↑frustrate) 2. to go… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 10 thwart — I verb avert, baffle, balk, bar, blight, bring to naught, check, contravene, counteract, countermine, counterwork, cripple, cross, damp, debar, defeat, foil, forestall, frustrate, hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, intercept, interfere, interrupt,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 11 thwart — foil, *frustrate, baffle, balk, circumvent, outwit Analogous words: *hinder, impede, obstruct, block, bar: defeat, over come, surmount (see CONQUER): check, curb, *restrain: *prevent, forestall, anticipate …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 thwart — [v] stop, hinder baffle, balk, beat, bilk, check, circumvent, confuse, counter, crab*, cramp, crimp, cross, curb, dash, defeat, disappoint, ditch, dodge, double cross*, duck, foil, foul up*, frustrate, give the slip*, hold up, impede, louse up*,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 13 thwart — ► VERB ▪ prevent from succeeding in or accomplishing something. ► NOUN ▪ a crosspiece forming a seat for a rower in a boat. ORIGIN from Old Norse, transverse …

    English terms dictionary

  • 14 thwart — [thwôrt] adj. [ME thwert < ON thvert, neut. of thverr, transverse < IE * terk , to turn (prob. < * ter , to rub with rotary motion > THROW) > L torquere, to twist, turn] 1. lying or extending across something else; transverse;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 15 thwart — [13] Thwart was originally an adverb and adjective, meaning ‘across, crosswise’. It was however used as a verb, meaning ‘obstruct’ (from the metaphorical notion of ‘crossing’ someone) as early as the 13th century. It was borrowed from Old Norse… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 16 thwart — I UK [θwɔː(r)t] / US [θwɔrt] verb [transitive] Word forms thwart : present tense I/you/we/they thwart he/she/it thwarts present participle thwarting past tense thwarted past participle thwarted formal to prevent someone from doing something that… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 thwart — [13] Thwart was originally an adverb and adjective, meaning ‘across, crosswise’. It was however used as a verb, meaning ‘obstruct’ (from the metaphorical notion of ‘crossing’ someone) as early as the 13th century. It was borrowed from Old Norse… …

    Word origins

  • 18 thwart — {{11}}thwart (adv.) c.1200, from O.N. þvert across, originally neut. of thverr (adj.) transverse, across, cognate with O.E. þweorh transverse, perverse, angry, cross, from P.Gmc. *thwerkhaz (Cf. M.Du. dwers, Du. dwars cross grained, contrary, O.H …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 19 thwart — thwartedly, adv. thwarter, n. /thwawrt/, v.t. 1. to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose. 2. to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.). 3. Archaic. a. to cross. b. to extend across. n. 4 …

    Universalium

  • 20 thwart — thwart1 [ θwɔrt ] verb transitive FORMAL to prevent someone from doing something they want to do: The leaders were determined to thwart her. thwart thwart 2 [ θwɔrt ] noun count TECHNICAL a seat across the middle of a ROWBOAT …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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