Definition of


  1. (verb, contact) give a thrashing to; beat hard
  2. (verb, contact) beat the seeds out of a grain
  3. (verb, motion) move or stir about violently
  4. (verb, motion) move like a flail; thresh about

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Alternate forms of Thresh

Derivations: thresher, threshing

Hyponyms: whip

Hypernyms: agitate, beat, beat up, flap, shake, work over

Origin of the word Thresh

  1. O.E. ?rescan, ?erscan "to beat, sift grain by trampling or beating," from P.Gmc. *threskanan "to thresh," originally "to tread, to stamp noisily" (cf. M.Du. derschen, Du. dorschen, O.H.G. dreskan, Ger. dreschen, O.N. ?reskja, Goth. ?riskan), from PIE base *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw). The basic notion is of tre… more

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