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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To throw, cast.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw; cast.
  • Grim; wild; fierce; stern; of a stern countenance.


From Middle English torven, torvien, from Old English torfian ("to throw, cast missiles, shoot, stone"), from Proto-Germanic *turbōjanan, *turbianan (“to turn, twist”), from Proto-Indo-European *derbh- (“to tie together, weave”). Related to Old English tearflian ("to turn, roll, wallow"), Alemannic German zirbeln ("to swirl, whirl, roll"). See terfle. (Wiktionary)


  • Instantly Toby made at him with a roar too, and an eye more torve than

    Adventures Among Books

  • A lover of his native tongue will tremble to think what that tongue would have become, if all the vocables from the Latin and the Greek which were then introduced or endorsed by illustrious names, had been admitted on the strength of their recommendation; if ‘torve’ and ‘tetric’ (Fuller),

    English Past and Present

  • (_Worthies: Lincolnshire_) has it, "overlooked this church, when first finished, with a torve and tetrick countenance, as maligning men's costly devotions."

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 6

  • Instantly Toby made straight at him with a roar too, and an eye more torve than Scrymgeour’s, who, retreating without reserve, fell prostrate, there is reason to believe, in his own lobby.

    Spare Hours


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  • Latin torvus = 1. staring, keen, piercing; 2. wild, stern, fierce, grim, savage.

    July 19, 2013