throe


throe

noun \ˈthrō\

Definition of THROE

1
:  pang, spasm <death throes> <throes of childbirth>
2
plural :  a hard or painful struggle <the throes of revolutionary social change — M. D. Geismar>

Examples of THROE

  1. <collapsed in the throes of agony>
  2. <that third-world country is caught up in the throes of a democratic revolution>

Origin of THROE

Middle English thrawe, throwe, from Old English thrawu, thrēa threat, pang; akin to Old High German drawa threat
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with THROE

throe

noun \ˈthrō\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of THROE

: pang, spasm—usually used in plural <death throes> <throes of childbirth>

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