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Middle English threp (a rebuke), deverbal of 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 *þrawēną (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. See also threap.


threpe (third-person singular simple present threpes, present participle threping, simple past and past participle threped)

  1. (obsolete) to threap
  2. (archaic) to call, to term
  3. (archaic) to insist

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