Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of: They thwarted her plans.
  • transitive v. To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of.
  • n. Nautical A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.
  • adj. Extending, lying, or passing across; transverse.
  • adj. Eager to oppose, especially wrongly; perverse.
  • adv. Archaic Athwart; across.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to prevent; to halt; to cause to fail; to foil; to frustrate.
  • n. A brace, perpendicular to the keel, that helps maintain the beam (breadth) of a marine vessel against external water pressure and that may serve to support the rail.
  • n. A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Situated or placed across something else; transverse; oblique.
  • adj. Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained.
  • adv. Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart.
  • prep. Across; athwart.
  • n. A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other, or athwart the boat.
  • transitive v. To move across or counter to; to cross.
  • transitive v. To cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to run counter to; to contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat.
  • intransitive v. To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to be in opposition; to clash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See the extract.
  • From side to side; across; crosswise; transversely; athwart.
  • Across; athwart.
  • Opposite to; over against.
  • Lying or extending across or crosswise; cross; transverse.
  • Antithetical.
  • Perverse; contrary; cross-grained.
  • n. Opposition; defiance.
  • To pass over or across; cross.
  • To put crosswise, or one across another.
  • To put in the way; oppose.
  • To cross, as a purpose; contravene; frustrate; baffle.
  • Synonyms Foil, Baffle, etc. See frustrate.
  • To go crosswise or obliquely.
  • To be in opposition; be contrary or perverse; hence, to quarrel; contend.
  • n. A seat across a boat on which the oarsman sits.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  • n. a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat

Etymologies

Middle English thwerten, from thwert, across, from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr, transverse; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse þvert ‘across’, originally neut. of thverr (transverse, across), cognates include Old English þweorh (transverse, perverse, angry, cross), Danish tvær, Gothic 𐌸𐍅𐌰𐌹𐍂𐍃 (þwaírs, "angry"), Dutch dwars (cross-grained, contrary), German quer, from Proto-Germanic *thwerkhaz, altered by influence of Proto-Germanic *thwer- (to turn) from Proto-Germanic *therkh-, from Proto-Indo-European *twork-/*twerk- (twist). (Wiktionary)

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  • Funny, I have no idea what my problem had been. Mouthfeel indeed. :-)

    January 15, 2010

  • Is it me, or does the audio provided by telofy sound a little bit like Truman Capote? Or am I just missing him...?

    September 27, 2008

  • 1. Stick the tip of your tongue between your teeth as you exhale.
    2. Still exhaling, round your lips and vibrate your vocal cords.

    September 27, 2008

  • Fuck, how do you get your tongue to pronounce this w after the θ in /θwɔrt/? ^^
    Like this I guess...

    September 27, 2008

  • "...the boats pulled fast across the water, with never a sound but the creak of thwarts and thole-pins and the gurgle of oars."
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 104

    February 29, 2008

  • Gosh, this word is fun to say. Thwart. Thwart.

    February 16, 2007