- 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; "” 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; "” 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 (“to thaw"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾awÅnÄ…, *Ã¾awjanÄ… (“to thaw, melt"), from Proto-Indo-European *tÄw- (“to melt"). Cognate with Scots thow (“to thaw"), West Frisian teie (“to thaw, melt"), Dutch dooien (“to thaw"), German tauen (“to thaw"), Swedish tÃ¶a (“to thaw"), Icelandic Ã¾eyja (“to thaw"), Latin tÄbÄ“s (“melting, wasting away") and Albanian thaj (“to dry (up), to thaw"), Polish tajaÄ‡ (“to thaw").