from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Chiefly Scots Crooked or twisted; misshapen.
  • adj. Chiefly Scots Perverse; contrary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Twisted; wrenched; distorted; sprained: as, a thrawn stick; a thrawn foot.
  • Cross-grained; perverse; contrary or contradictory.


Scots, past participle of thraw, to twist, wrench, from Middle English thrauen, from Old English thrāwan; see throw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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