An example of thwart is when you catch your kids in the process of sneaking out.
- lying or extending across something else; transverse; oblique
- Obs. perverse
Origin of thwartMiddle English thwert from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr, transverse from Indo-European an unverified form terk-, to turn (prob. from an unverified form ter-, to rub with rotary motion from source throw) from source Classical Latin torquere, to twist, turn
- a rower's seat extending across a boat
- a brace extending across a canoe
- Obs. to extend or place over or across
- to hinder, obstruct, frustrate, or defeat (a person, plans, etc.)
transitive verbthwart·ed, thwart·ing, thwarts
- To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of: They thwarted her plans.
- To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of (someone).
- A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.
- A transverse strut in a canoe or other small boat.
- Extending, lying, or passing across; transverse.
- Eager to oppose, especially wrongly; perverse.
Origin of thwartMiddle English thwerten from thwert across from Old Norse thvert neuter of thverr transverse ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present thwarts, present participle thwarting, simple past and past participle thwarted)
- (nautical) A brace, perpendicular to the keel, that helps maintain the beam (breadth) of a marine vessel against external water pressure and that may serve to support the rail.
- A well made doughout canoe rarely needs a thwart.
- (nautical) A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.
- The fisherman sat on the aft thwart to row.
(comparative more thwart, superlative most thwart)
- Obliquely; transversely; athwart.
From Old Norse Ã¾vert "˜across', originally neut. of thverr (transverse, across), cognates include Old English Ã¾weorh (transverse, perverse, angry, cross), Danish tvÃ¦r, Gothic ðŒ¸ð…ðŒ°ðŒ¹ð‚ðƒ (Ã¾waÃrs, “angry"), Dutch dwars (cross-grained, contrary), German quer, from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾werhaz, altered by influence of Proto-Germanic *Ã¾weranÄ… (to turn) from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾erh-, from Proto-Indo-European *twork-/*twerk- (twist).