threaden

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From thread +‎ -en (made of).

Adjective[edit]

threaden (not comparable)

  1. (archaic) Made or woven of thread; textile.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
    • 1811, Tobias George Smollett, The Critical Review:
      Thy gloves they were made of a threaden stitch, Thou kept on thy hands to hide the itch; […]
    • 1861, Thomas Adams, The Works of Thomas Adams:
      That kindness plungeth him into a deeper bondage; the first was but a threaden snare, which he might break, but this is an infrangible chain of iron.
    • 2014, Ben Jonson, ‎Elizabeth Cook, The Alchemist:
      Your feet in mouldy slippers, for your kibes, A felt of rug, and a thin threaden cloak, That scarce would cover your no-buttocks— [...]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.