Complete Definition of "thew"

English

Pronunciation
IPA|/θju:/
Etymology
Old English þÄaw

Noun
en-noun

  1. muscle|Muscle or sinew.
  2. A good quality or habit; virtue.
  3. An attractive physical attribute, especially muscle; mental or moral vigour.
Quotations
1602 : s:Hamlet|Hamlet by w:William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare, act 1 scene 3 lines 11-12-13-14
:In thews and bulks, but as this temple waxes,
:The inward service of the mind and soul
:Grows wide withal.
1960, w:Thomas Pynchon|Thomas Pynchon, Low-Lands

Derived terms
thewless
thewness
thews
thewy

Verb
en-verb

  1. Instruct in morals or values; chastise.

Derived terms
thewed

ru:thew
vi:thew

Revision and Credits for"thew"
  • 2007-12-28 01:47 - Beobach972 - because 'habit / virtue' was the sense of the word in Old English, Modern English usage of this sense is not figurative

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