Thorn definition

thôrn
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Any of various sharp protuberances on an animal.
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A sharp, pointed protuberance on an animal; spine.
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A short, hard, pointed part of a stem or branch of a woody plant.
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One that causes sharp pain, irritation, or discomfort.

He is a thorn in my side.

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The runic letter þ, used in Old English, Middle English, and Old Norse manuscripts to represent both the voiceless sound (th) of Modern English thin and the voiced sound (th) of Modern English this, and in modern Icelandic orthography to represent the voiceless sound (th).
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A modified branch in the form of a sharp woody structure.
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Any of various other sharp protuberances, such as a spine.
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Any of various shrubs, trees, or woody plants bearing such sharp structures.
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Anything that keeps troubling, vexing, or irritating one, like a constantly pricking thorn.
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A rune in the Old English and Old Norse alphabets (Þ, þ), used to represent the voiced or voiceless apicodental fricative.
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A very short, hard, leafless branch or stem with a sharp point.
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Any small tree or shrub bearing thorns, as a hawthorn.
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The wood of any of these trees.
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A topographic surname​ for someone living near a thorn bush.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
thorn
Plural:
thorns

Origin of thorn

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition