threap

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English threp (a rebuke), 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.

Alternative etymology derives Middle English threp, from Old English *þrēap (contention, strife) (attested only as Old English þrēap, in the sense of "troop, band"), ultimately from the same Germanic origin above.

Noun[edit]

threap (plural threaps)

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

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1785, Burns, Robert, Epistle To William Simson Schoolmaster, Ochiltree:
      Some herds, weel learn'd upo' the beuk, / Wad threap auld folk the thing misteuk;
  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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