transitive verb \ˈthwrt\

: to prevent (someone) from doing something or to stop (something) from happening

Full Definition of THWART

a :  to run counter to so as to effectively oppose or baffle :  contravene
b :  to oppose successfully :  defeat the hopes or aspirations of
:  to pass through or across
thwart·er noun

Examples of THWART

  1. She did all she could to thwart his plans.
  2. The army thwarted the attempt at a coup.

Origin of THWART

Middle English thwerten, from thwert, adverb
First Known Use: 13th century


adverb \ˈthwrt, nautical often ˈthrt\

Definition of THWART

:  athwart

Origin of THWART

Middle English thwert, from Old Norse thvert, from neuter of thverr transverse, oblique; akin to Old High German dwerah transverse, oblique
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of THWART

:  situated or placed across something else :  transverse
thwart·ly adverb

First Known Use of THWART

14th century



Definition of THWART

:  a seat extending athwart a boat

Origin of THWART

alteration of obsolete thought, thoft, from Middle English thoft, from Old English thofte; akin to Old High German dofta rower's seat
First Known Use: circa 1736


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