The noun is derived from Late Middle English thropul, þropul (“trachea, windpipe”); further etymology uncertain, but possibly a variant of throte-bolle (“laryngeal prominence, Adam’s apple; larynx; epiglottis; animal’s esophagus or neck; flesh covering throat of a deer”) [and other forms] (whence English throat-boll (obsolete)), from Old English þrotbolla [and other forms], from þrote (“throat”) + bolla (“bowl”) (possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to blow; to swell up”)).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈθɹæp(ə)l/, /ˈθɹɒ-/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈθɹæp(ə)l/
- (Scotland) IPA(key): /ˈθɹæp(ə)l/, /ˈθɹɔ-/
- Rhymes: -æpəl, -ɒpəl
- Hyphenation: thrap‧ple
thrapple (plural thrapples)
- (chiefly Northern England, Northern Ireland, Scotland) The throat, especially the gullet or windpipe.
- [1600, Al-Hassan ibn-Mohammed al-Wezaz al-Fasi [i.e., Leo Africanus], “A Briefe Relation Concerning the Dominions, Reuenues, Forces, and Maner of Gouernment of Sundry the Greatest Princes either Inhabiting within the Bounds of Africa, or at least Possessing Some Parts thereof, Translated, for the Most Part, out of Italian”, in John Pory, transl.; Robert Brown, editor, The History and Description of Africa and of the Notable Things therein Contained, […] (Works Issued by the Hakluyt Society; no. XCIV), volume III, London: […] Hakluyt Society, […], published 1896, OCLC 462321529, page 982:
- A greater quantitie of victuall is carried from Zeila, [...] and beastes also, as namely sheepe, [...] as also certaine other all white with tayles a fathome long, and writhen like a vine branche, hauing thropples vnder their throtes like bulles.
- 1759, Thomas Wallis, “COLT”, in The Farrier’s and Horseman’s Complete Dictionary: […], London: […] W. Owen, […]; and E. Baker, […], OCLC 224708937, column 1:
- A broad piece of leather is then to be put round his neck; and the ends made faſt, by platting it, or ſome other way, at the withers, or before the wind-pipe, about two handfuls below the thrapple, betwixt the leather and his neck; [...]
- 1800 December, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kathleen Coburn, editor, The Notebooks of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, volume I (1794–1804: Text), Abingdon, Oxfordshire; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, published 2002, →ISBN, page 873:
- Sara sent twice for the measure of George's Neck—he wondered, Sara should be such a fool, she might have measured William's or Coleridge's, as all poets' Thropples were of one Size.
- [1807, John Stagg, “Rosley Fair”, in Miscellaneous Poems, Some of which are in the Cumberland and Scottish Dialects, Wigton, Cumberland: […] R. Hetherton, OCLC 35145225, page 141:
- Luok, leyke mad bulls they bang about, / Wi' shouts their thropples rivan, / Wheyle whup for smack the rabble rout, / Are yen owr tother drivan; [...]]
- 1817 December 31 (indicated as 1818), [Walter Scott], chapter XII, in Rob Roy. [...] In Three Volumes, volume II, Edinburgh: […] James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co. […]; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 82790126, page 254:
- Do you, Maister Francis, opine that ye will re-establish your father's credit by cutting your kinsman's thrapple, or getting your ain sneckit instead thereof in the College-yards of Glasgow?
- 1829, [Robert Pearse Gillies], “The Voyage. (Continued.)”, in Tales of a Voyager to the Arctic Ocean. […] (Second Series), volume III, London: Henry Colburn, […], OCLC 894794150, page 66:
- The morse [i.e., walrus] is said to roar or bellow loudly, but the animal we slew made no outcry, [...] Nevertheless, the immense size of its larynx or thropple, which William dissected out and brought with him to England, seems to indicate vast powers of voice in his animal; [...]
- 1875, E. R. Billings, “Pipes and Smokers. (Continued.)”, in Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce, […], Hartford, Conn.: American Publishing Company, OCLC 549537478, page 178:
- In the sentiment of the following lines on "A pipe of Tobacco" by John Usher, all lovers of the plant will heartily join: "Let the toper regale in his tankard of ale, / Or with alcohol moisten his thropple, / Only give me I pray, a good pipe of soft clay, / Nicely tapered, and thin in the stopple; / And I shall puff, puff, let who will say enough, / No luxury else I'm in lack o', / No malice I hoard, 'gainst Queen, Prince, Duke or Lord, / While I pull at my pipe of Tobacco. [..."]
- 1899, John Buchan, “Crabbed Age and Youth”, in A Lost Lady of Old Years: A Romance, London; New York, N.Y.: John Lane, The Bodley Head, OCLC 31581624, book II, page 228:
- "God, my lads," he cried, "if I had just my fingers on your thrapples, I'd thraw them fine and send your gutsy sauls to the deil that begat them."
- 1911, R[ichard] F[rederick] Meysey-Thompson, “Simple Ailments”, in The Horse: Its Origin and Development Combined with Stable Practice, London: Edward Arnold, OCLC 4717136, page 289:
- There is one type of neck which so constantly results in roaring that it is known in Yorkshire as a "roarer's neck," and sooner or later the horse which is so shaped is almost certain to fall a victim to the complaint. The neck in question is a strong thick one, with the head carried high, but there is a peculiar outward curve in front, somewhat resembling that of a fallow deer, with an unusually thick thropple, the formation of which, no doubt, sustains a constant strain on the nerve, which eventually fails in consequence.
- a. 1919, F[rederic] W[illiam] Moorman, “Tales of a Grandmother: I. The Tree of Knowledge”, in More Tales of the Ridings, London: Elkin Mathews, […], published 1920, OCLC 562048147; republished as More Tales of the Ridings (EBook #18260), [United States]: Project Gutenberg, 4 May 2006, archived from the original on 4 November 2016:
- 'He'll do nowt o' the sort,' I answered; 'and he wi' a hoast in his thropple like a badly cow. I sudn't be surprised if he were dead by Chrissamas.'
- 1985, Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian: Or The Evening Redness in the West, 1st Vintage International edition, New York, N.Y.: Vintage Books, published May 1992, →ISBN, page 286:
- [T]he old man raised the axe and split the head of John Joel Glanton to the thrapple.
- thrappled (adjective) (rare)
- (transitive, chiefly Northern England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, dated) To strangle, to throttle.
- 1827 September, “The Monkey. [From Blackwood’s Magazine.]”, in Oliver Oldschool [pseudonym; John Elihu Hall], editor, The Port Folio, volume II (volume XXII overall), number 293, Philadelphia, Pa.: […] Harrison Hall, OCLC 8839957, page 239:
- Then Mr. Weft began his tale, how he had been collared and well nigh thrappled in his ain shop; [...]
- 1835, “Chapter V. 1637.”, in Dionysius Lardner, editor, The Cabinet Cyclopædia. [...] History. England. […], volume V, London: […] Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, […]; and John Taylor, […], OCLC 1181446666, page 177:
- A Scotch writer of the time [Sir James Balfour, 1st Baronet, of Denmilne and Kinnaird] has handed down, for the admiration of successive ages, "the renowned Christian valyancie of those godly women," regretting only that the bishop of Edinburgh escaped being "sticked" or "thrappled‡," by their pious hands, which unfortunately "were not as active as their minds were willing." [Footnote ‡: Strangled.]
- 1862, M[atthew] Archdeacon, chapter XVI, in The Priest Hunter: An Irish Tale of the Penal Times, Dublin; London: James Duffy, […], OCLC 869271127, page 168:
- We'll now have plinty o' time for the throopers, though I swore like a Trojan through thick an' thin (an' nearly got myself thrappled (throttled) for my pains be that powerful villain Fergus), that the fun ud be spilet, af the attack wasn't to-night.
- 1862, [Mary Wilson] Gordon, compiler, “Literary and Domestic Life. 1832–37.”, in ‘Christopher North’: A Memoir of John Wilson […], volume II, Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, OCLC 4380985, page 225:
- Forbye thrappling her, he had bit until the jugular; and she had lost sae meikle bluid, that you hae eaten her the noo roasted, instead o' her made intil soup.
- 1875 December 9, Miss Powley, “Art. XXXI.—Past and Present among the Northern Fells. No. II.”, in Richard S[aul] Ferguson, editor, Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmoreland Antiquarian & Archæological Society, volume II, Kendal, Westmorland: […] T. Wilson, published 1876, OCLC 863410443, page 370:
- And oft we fratched and fret about, and throppled udder sair, / Upon the whol' the fell hes meade mischief for ivver mair, [...]
- ^ “thropul, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- ^ “thrōte-bolle, n.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- ^ “thrapple, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2017; “thrapple, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- ^ “† throat-boll, n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2017.
- ^ “thrapple, v.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2017.
thrapple (plural thrapples)