Origin of throeMiddle English throwe, probably ; from Old English thrawu, pain, affliction, akin to Old Norse thr?, strong yearning ; from Indo-European an unverified form treu- (from source Classical Greek trauma, a wound) ; from base an unverified form ter-, to rub, grind from source throw
in the throes of
- often throes A severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth. See Synonyms at pain.
- throes A condition of extreme difficulty or trouble: a country in the throes of economic collapse.
Origin of throeMiddle English throwe, thrawe, partly from Old English thrawu, variant of thr&emacron;a, chastisement, affliction, pang, and probably also partly from Old English th&omacron;wian, to suffer, and partly from Old Norse thra, hard struggle.
(third-person singular simple present throes, present participle throeing, simple past and past participle throed)
- To put in agony.
- (intransitive) To struggle in extreme pain; to be in agony; to agonize.
From Middle English throwe, perhaps from Old English Ã¾rÄ“a, thrawu (“threat").