Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Athwart; across; crosswise; from side to side.
  • Exceedingly; excessively.
  • Across; from side to side of.
  • On the other side of.
  • Over against; opposite.
  • Opposite; situated on the opposite side.
  • Contrary; cross; perverse; contradictory.
  • noun An adverse or thwarting circumstance.
  • noun Contradiction; quarreling; wrangling.
  • To cross; pass or lie across.
  • To thwart; oppose; hinder.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete That which is overthwart; an adverse circumstance; opposition.
  • transitive verb obsolete To cross; to oppose.
  • adverb Across; crosswise; transversely.
  • adjective Having a transverse position; placed or situated across; hence, opposite.
  • adjective Crossing in kind or disposition; perverse; adverse; opposing.
  • preposition Across; from alde to side of.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • preposition archaic From one side to the other of; across.
  • noun obsolete That which is overthwart; an adverse circumstance; opposition.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From over- +‎ thwart.

Examples

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  • "But Sir Launcelot rode overthwart and endlong in a wild forest, and held no path but as wild adventure led him."

    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 8, 2009