- to scold; chide
- to maintain or assert obstinately
Origin of threapMiddle English threpen from Old English threapian, to rebuke
(third-person singular simple present threaps, present participle threaping, simple past and past participle threaped)
From Middle English threp (“rebuke", noun), from Middle English threpen (“to scold"), from Old English Ã¾rÄ“apian (“to reprove, reprehend, punish, blame"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾raupÅnÄ… (“to punish"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾rawÅ (“torment, punishment"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾rawÄ“nÄ… (“to torment, injure, exhaust"), from Proto-Indo-European *trÅw- (“to beat, wound, kill, torment"). Akin to Old English Ã¾rÄ“agan (“to rebuke, punish, chastise"), Ã¾rÄ“a (“correction, punishment"), Ã¾rÅwian (“to suffer"). More at throe.