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 thrāwu variant of thrēa chastisement, affliction, pang and probably also partly from Old English thōwian to suffer and partly from Old Norse thrā 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").