thaw

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thowen, thawen, from Old English þāwian, from Proto-West Germanic *þauwjan, from Proto-Germanic *þawjaną, from Proto-Indo-European *teh₂- (to melt).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /θɔː/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɔː

Verb[edit]

thaw (third-person singular simple present thaws, present participle thawing, simple past and past participle thawed)

  1. (intransitive) To gradually melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften from frozen
    the ice thaws
  2. (intransitive) To become so warm as to melt ice and snow — said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
    It's beginning to thaw.
  3. (intransitive, figurative) To grow gentle or genial.
    Her anger has thawed.
  4. (transitive) To gradually cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve.
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Noun[edit]

thaw (plural thaws)

  1. The melting of ice, snow, or other congealed matter; the resolution of ice, or the like, into the state of a fluid; liquefaction by heat of anything congealed by frost
  2. a warmth of weather sufficient to melt that which is frozen
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
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Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

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thaw

  1. Aspirate mutation of taw.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
taw daw nhaw thaw
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.