Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of ground reclaimed and converted to tillage. Thwaite chiefly occurs as the second element in local names, especially in the lake district of the north of England, as in Bassenthwaite, Crossthwaite, and Stonethwaite.
- n. Same as twaite.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The twaite.
- n. Obs. or Prov. Eng. Forest land cleared, and converted to tillage; an assart.
- Old Norse þveit ("paddock"), compare Old Norse þveita ("to hurl") (see whittle), Danish døjt (“1/160 of the gulden”, dialectal: “a small coin”), English doit, German Deut. (Wiktionary)
“If it means 'forest glade' then some of the Old English -ley names or Norse -thwaite names might also be candidates, if they happen to have been translated by a bilingual local.”
“In Cumberland, the loveliest district in England, under the fostering care of Mrs. Hardwicke Rawnsley, wife of the vicar of Crosthwaite (that picturesque vale, or thwaite, where St. Kentigern reared the cross in the earliest age of England's religious history), has grown up, since 1883, the Keswick Industrial School of Art, and a”
“The terminations _by_, _thwaite_, and _thorpe_, are still common in Denmark.”
“Sam Robins is the new shore-caught record holder for thwaite shad.”
“(the church town), &c. -- all ending in _thwaite_, which signifies an isolated piece of land -- all ending in _thorpe_ (Old Northern, a collection of houses separated from some principal estate) -- all ending in _næs_, a promontory, and _ey_ or _öe_, an island.”
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