thresh

verb \ ˈthresh , ˈthrash \
|Updated on: 10 May 2018

Definition of thresh

threshed; threshing; threshes
1 : to separate seed from (a harvested plant) mechanically; also : to separate (seed) in this way
2 : thrash 3
3 : to strike repeatedly
1 : to thresh grain
2 a : thrash 2
b : thrash 1

Examples of thresh in a Sentence

  1. threshing and harvesting at the same time

  2. the poor dog threshed against his chain

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Origin and Etymology of thresh

Middle English thresshen, from Old English threscan; akin to Old High German dreskan to thresh


THRESH Defined for English Language Learners

thresh

Definition of thresh for English Language Learners

  • : to separate the seeds of corn, wheat, etc., from the plant by using a special machine or tool


THRESH Defined for Kids

thresh

verb \ ˈthrash , ˈthresh \

Definition of thresh for Students

threshed; threshing
1 : to separate the seed from a harvested plant by beating
  • threshing wheat
2 : thrash 2


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