An example of thaw is to defrost meat.
Left the frozen turkey out until it thawed; thawed out by sitting next to the stove.
Origin of thaw
- Middle English thawen from Old English thawian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English thowen, thawen, from Old English Ã¾Äwian (“to thaw"), from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾awÅnÄ…, *Ã¾awjanÄ… (“to thaw, melt"), from Proto-Indo-European *tÄw- (“to melt"). Cognate with Scots thow (“to thaw"), West Frisian teie (“to thaw, melt"), Dutch dooien (“to thaw"), German tauen (“to thaw"), Swedish tÃ¶a (“to thaw"), Icelandic Ã¾eyja (“to thaw"), Latin tÄbÄ“s (“melting, wasting away") and Albanian thaj (“to dry (up), to thaw"), Polish tajaÄ‡ (“to thaw").