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From Middle English threp (rebuke, noun), from Middle English threpen (to scold), from Old English þrēapian (to reprove, reprehend, punish, blame), from Proto-Germanic *þraupōną (to punish), from Proto-Germanic *þrawō (torment, punishment), from Proto-Germanic *þrawjaną (to torment, injure, exhaust), from Proto-Indo-European *trōw- (to beat, wound, kill, torment). Akin to Old English þrēagan (to rebuke, punish, chastise), þrēa (correction, punishment), þrōwian (to suffer). More at throe.


threap (plural threaps)

  1. an altercation, quarrel, argument
  2. an accusation or serious charge


threap (third-person singular simple present threaps, present participle threaping, simple past and past participle threaped)

  1. (transitive) To contradict
  2. To scold; rebuke
  3. To cry out; complain; contend
  4. To argue; bicker
    • Percy's Reliques
      It's not for a man with a woman to threap.
  5. To call; name
  6. To cozen or cheat
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  7. To maintain obstinately against denial or contradiction.
    He threaped me down that it was so.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Robert Burns to this entry?)
  8. To beat or thrash.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
  9. To insist on

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