thwart
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English thwerten, from thwert, adverb Date: 13th century 1. a. to run counter to so as to effectively oppose or baffle ; contravene b. to oppose successfully ; defeat the hopes or aspirations of 2. to pass through or across Synonyms: see frustratethwarter noun II. adverb Etymology: Middle English thwert, from Old Norse thvert, from neuter of thverr transverse, oblique; akin to Old High German dwerah transverse, oblique Date: 14th century athwart III. adjective Date: 14th century situated or placed across something else ; transversethwartly adverb IV. noun Etymology: alteration of obsolete thought, thoft, from Middle English thoft, from Old English thofte; akin to Old High German dofta rower's seat Date: circa 1736 a seat extending athwart a boat

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  • thwart — thwart·ed·ly; thwart·er; thwart·ships; thwart; …   English syllables

  • Thwart — Thwart, a. [OE. [thorn]wart, [thorn]wert, a. and adv., Icel. [thorn]vert, neut. of [thorn]verr athwart, transverse, across; akin to AS. [thorn]weorh perverse, transverse, cross, D. dwars, OHG. dwerah, twerh, G. zwerch, quer, Dan. & Sw. tver… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thwart — Thwart, v. i. 1. To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to be in opposition; to clash. [R.] [1913 Webster] Any proposition . . . that shall at all thwart with internal oracles. Locke. [1913 Webster] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thwart — Thwart, adv. [See {Thwart}, a.] Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart. [Obs.] Milton. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thwart — Thwart, prep. Across; athwart. Spenser. [1913 Webster] {Thwart ships}. See {Athwart ships}, under {Athwart}. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thwart — Thwart, n. (Naut.) A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thwart — Thwart, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thwarted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thwarting}.] 1. To move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow thwarts the air. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Swift as a shooting star In autumn thwarts the night. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thwart — [θwo:t US θwo:rt] v [T] formal [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: thwart across (13 19 centuries), from Old Norse thvert] to prevent someone from doing what they are trying to do ▪ Fierce opposition thwarted the government s plans. ▪ thwarted ambition …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thwart — I verb avert, baffle, balk, bar, blight, bring to naught, check, contravene, counteract, countermine, counterwork, cripple, cross, damp, debar, defeat, foil, forestall, frustrate, hamper, hinder, impede, inhibit, intercept, interfere, interrupt,… …   Law dictionary

  • thwart — foil, *frustrate, baffle, balk, circumvent, outwit Analogous words: *hinder, impede, obstruct, block, bar: defeat, over come, surmount (see CONQUER): check, curb, *restrain: *prevent, forestall, anticipate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • thwart — [v] stop, hinder baffle, balk, beat, bilk, check, circumvent, confuse, counter, crab*, cramp, crimp, cross, curb, dash, defeat, disappoint, ditch, dodge, double cross*, duck, foil, foul up*, frustrate, give the slip*, hold up, impede, louse up*,… …   New thesaurus

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