- Thaw is defined as to rise in temperature above the freezing point, or to become unfrozen.
An example of thaw is to defrost meat.
Frozen chicken set out to thaw.
- to become liquid or semiliquid; melt: said of ice, snow, etc.
- to pass to an unfrozen state: said of frozen foods
- to have its contents melt: underground water pipes thaw in the spring
- to rise in temperature above the freezing point, so that snow, etc. melts: said of weather conditions, with impersonal it[it will thaw tomorrow]
- to get rid of the chill, stiffness, etc. resulting from extreme cold: often with out
- to lose coldness or reserve of manner
Origin of thawMiddle English thawen ; from Old English thawian, akin to Dutch dooien, German (ver)dauen, to digest ; from Indo-European base an unverified form tā-, to melt, dissolve, flow from source Classical Latin tabere, to melt, vanish
- the act of thawing
- a spell of weather warm enough to allow thawing
- a becoming less reserved in manner
verbthawed, thaw·ing, thaws
- To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming.
- To lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed: left the frozen turkey out until it thawed; thawed out by sitting next to the stove.
- To become warm enough for snow and ice to melt.
- To become less formal, aloof, or reserved.
- The process of thawing.
- A period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt.
- A relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions.
Origin of thawMiddle English thawen, from Old English thawian.
(third-person singular simple present thaws, present participle thawing, simple past and past participle thawed)
- (intransitive) To melt, dissolve, or become fluid; to soften; â€” said of that which is frozen; as, the ice thaws. Specifically by gradual warming
- (intransitive) To become so warm as to melt ice and snow; â€” said in reference to the weather, and used impersonally.
- (intransitive, figuratively) To grow gentle or genial.
- To cause frozen things (such as earth, snow, ice) to melt, soften, or dissolve. Specifically by gradual warming.
From Middle English thowen, thawen, from Old English Ã¾Äwian (â€œto thawâ€), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾awÅnÄ…, *Ã¾awjanÄ… (â€œto thaw, meltâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *tÄw- (â€œto meltâ€). Cognate with Scots thow (â€œto thawâ€), West Frisian teie (â€œto thaw, meltâ€), Dutch dooien (â€œto thawâ€), German tauen (â€œto thawâ€), Swedish tÃ¶a (â€œto thawâ€), Icelandic Ã¾eyja (â€œto thawâ€), Latin tÄbÄ“s (â€œmelting, wasting awayâ€) and Albanian thaj (â€œto dry (up), to thawâ€), Polish tajaÄ‡ (â€œto thawâ€).