(third-person singular simple present thrutches, present participle thrutching, simple past and past participle thrutched)
- (rare or dialectal) To push; press.
- To crowd; throng; squeeze.
- (figuratively) To trouble; oppress.
- To thrust.
- (caving, climbing (sport)) To push, press, or squeeze into a place; move sideways or vertically in an upright position by wriggling the body against opposing rock surfaces. Compare chimney.
- I thrutched up the final crack to a small pinnacle.
From Middle English thrucchen (“to push, rush”), from Old English þryċċan (“to push, press, trample on, crush”), from Proto-Germanic *þrukjaną (“to press”), *þrūganą (“to threaten”), from Proto-Indo-European *trūk-, *trūg- (“to press, beat”). Cognate with Dutch drukken (“to press, print”), German drücken (“to press, push”), drucken (“to print”), Danish trykke (“to press”).