From Middle English throwe, perhaps from Old English þrēa, þrówian (“suffer”). This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.. It comes from Old English þrówian (suffer). Sceal atol þrówian (Must suffer terror).
throe (plural throes)
- A pang, spasm.
- A hard struggle.
- A tool for splitting wood into shingles; a frow.
- (transitive) To put in agony.
- (intransitive) To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for throe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)