Thew Thew (th[=u]), n.

Note: [Chiefly used in the plural {Thews} (th[=u]z).] [OE. thew, [thorn]eau, manner, habit, strength, AS. [thorn]e['a]w manner, habit (cf. [thorn][=y]wan to drive); akin to OS. thau custom, habit, OHG. dou. [root]56.] 1. Manner; custom; habit; form of behavior; qualities of mind; disposition; specifically, good qualities; virtues. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

For her great light Of sapience, and for her thews clear. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Evil speeches destroy good thews. --Wyclif (1 Cor. xv. 33). [1913 Webster]

To be upbrought in gentle thews and martial might. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Muscle or strength; nerve; brawn; sinew. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

And I myself, who sat apart And watched them, waxed in every limb; I felt the thews of Anakim, The pules of a Titan's heart. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

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