thack

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English thakken ‎(to stroke), from Old English þaccian ‎(to touch gently, stroke, tap), from Proto-Germanic *þakwōną ‎(to touch lightly), from Proto-Indo-European *tag-, *taǵ- ‎(to touch). Cognate with Old Dutch þakolōn ‎(to stroke), Old Norse þykkr ‎(a thwack, thump, blow), Icelandic þjökka, þjaka ‎(to thwack, thump, beat), Norwegian tjåka ‎(to strike, beat), Latin tangō ‎(touch). More at thwack, tangent.

Verb[edit]

thack ‎(third-person singular simple present thacks, present participle thacking, simple past and past participle thacked)

  1. (transitive) To strike; thump; thwack.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English thacce, from thakken ‎(to stroke). See above.

Noun[edit]

thack ‎(plural thacks)

  1. A stroke; a thwack.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Old English þæc, from Proto-Germanic *þaką, from Proto-Indo-European *teg-. Cognate with Dutch dak, Low German Dack, Danish tag ‎(roof), German Dach ‎(roof), Old Norse þak ‎(thatch, roof). Akin to Latin toga ‎(garment) and Ancient Greek στέγος ‎(stégos, roof)[1]. See also thatch.

Noun[edit]

thack ‎(plural thacks)

  1. the weatherproof outer layer of a roof, often thatch specifically
    • 1952, L.F. Salzman, Building in England, p. 223.
      This outer layer was generically known as 'thack', but, owing to the fact that the vast majority of buildings in early times were covered with a thacking of straw or some similar material, 'thatch' gradually acquired its modern restricted significance of straw, or reed, heling.

Verb[edit]

thack ‎(third-person singular simple present thacks, present participle thacking, simple past and past participle thacked)

  1. To cover a roof with thack.

References[edit]

  1. ^ tag” in Ordbog over det danske Sprog