throe

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From Middle English throwe, perhaps from Old English þrēa, thrawu (threat). This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.

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throe (plural throes)

  1. A pang, spasm.
  2. A hard struggle.
  3. A tool for splitting wood into shingles; a frow.

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throe (third-person singular simple present throes, present participle throeing, simple past and past participle throed)

  1. (transitive) To put in agony.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 2 scene 1
      SEBASTIAN:
      Prithee, say on:
      The setting of thine eye and cheek proclaim
      A matter from thee, and a birth, indeed
      Which throes thee much to yield.
  2. (intransitive) To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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