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noun (1)

thrash·​er ˈthra-shər How to pronounce thrasher (audio)
: one that thrashes or threshes
: an avid skateboarder


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noun (2)

: any of various American oscine birds (family Mimidae, especially genus Toxostoma) related to the mockingbird that resemble thrushes but have a usually long curved bill and long tail

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Examples of thrasher in a Sentence

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Rodrigo’s albums necessarily have to alternate her pop-punk thrashers and her ballads, to some degree, making for a little bit of whiplash for the few of us who still listen to albums in squence. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 Feb. 2024 Brown thrasher The brown thrasher is Georgia's state bird. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 25 July 2023 These shrubs provide shelter and a place to nest for birds, especially the brown thrasher, and are an excellent source of nectar for many insects, including tiger swallowtails. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021 To honor Ament’s thrasher philanthropy, Blackfeet Chief Earl Old Person bestowed him with a Blackfeet name, which translates to Holds Water. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021

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Word History


Noun (2)

perhaps alteration of dialect thresher thrush

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrasher was in the 14th century

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“Thrasher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
thrash·​er ˈthrash-ər How to pronounce thrasher (audio)
: one that thrashes or threshes


2 of 2 noun
: any of various long-tailed American songbirds that have a usually long curved bill and are related to the mockingbird

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