- thorpe (obsolete)
From Middle English thorp, throp, from Old English þorp, þrop (“farm, village”), from Proto-Germanic *þurpą, *þrepą (“village, farmstead, troop”), from Proto-Indo-European *trab-, *treb- (“dwelling, room”). Cognate with North Frisian torp, terp (“village, fallow”), Dutch dorp (“village”), German Dorf (“hamlet, village, town”), Danish torp (“village”), Swedish torp (“farm, cottage, croft”), Icelandic þorp (“village, farm”), Latin trabs (“beam, rafter, roof”), Lithuanian trobà (“farmhouse”), Welsh tref (“town”), Albanian trevë (“country, region, village”). Related to troop. Doublet of dorp.
thorp (plural thorps)
- (archaic, now chiefly in placenames) A group of houses standing together in the country; a hamlet; a village.
- Within a little thorp I staid.
From Proto-Germanic *þurpą. Cognates include Old High German dorf (German Dorf), Old Norse þorp, Gothic 𐌸𐌰𐌿𐍂𐍀 (þaurp), Latin turba (“crowd, mob”), Ancient Greek τύρβη (túrbē, “tumult, disorder, turmoil”).