- to beat out (grain) from its husk, as with a flail
- to beat grain out of (husks)
- to beat or strike as with a flail
Origin of threshMiddle English threschen: earlier form of thrash
- to thresh grain
- to toss about; thrash
verbthreshed, thresh·ing, thresh·es
- a. To beat the stems and husks of (grain or cereal plants) with a machine or flail to separate the grains or seeds from the straw.b. To separate (grains or seeds) in this manner.
- To discuss or examine (an issue, for example) repeatedly.
- To beat severely; thrash.
- To use a machine or flail to separate grain or seeds from straw.
- To thrash about; toss.
Origin of threshMiddle English thresshen, from Old English therscan; see ter&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present threshes, present participle threshing, simple past and past participle threshed)
From Middle English thresshen, threshen, threschen, from Old English Ã¾rescan, from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾reskanÄ…. Compare West Frisian terskje, Dutch dorsen, Low German dÃ¶schen, German dreschen, Danish tÃ¦rske, Swedish trÃ¶ska.