from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An obsolete form of threap.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To call; to term.

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

  • verb obsolete to threap
  • verb archaic to call, to term
  • verb archaic to insist


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Middle English threp ("a rebuke"), deverbal of Middle English threpen ("to scold"), from Old English þrēapian ("to reprove, reprehend, punish, blame"), from Proto-Germanic *þraupōnan (“to punish”), from Proto-Germanic *þrawō (“torment, punishment”), from Proto-Germanic *þrawēnan (“to torment, injure, exhaust”), from Proto-Indo-European *trōw- (“to beat, wound, kill, torment”). Akin to Old English þrēagan ("to rebuke, punish, chastise"), þrēa ("correction, punishment"), þrōwian ("to suffer"). More at throe. See also threap.


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  • She wad threpe (insist) 'at I bude to hae keepit some o' the duds 'at happit Ma'colm MacPhail the reprobat, whan first he cam to the Seaton -- a puir scraichin' brat, as reid 's a bilet lobster.

    Malcolm George MacDonald 1864

  • I s 'be at the boddom o' 't wi 'whaever daur threpe me sic a lee!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald 1864

  • -- But he never said it, and ye needna try to threpe it upo 'me!' she added, in a tone that showed the very idea too painful.

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald 1864


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