Tag Archives: Old Norse

word: thwart


thwart  (thwôrt)

tr.v. thwart·ed, thwart·ing, thwarts

1. To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of: They thwarted her plans.
2. To oppose and defeat the efforts, plans, or ambitions of.
n. Nautical

A seat across a boat on which a rower may sit.
adj.

1. Extending, lying, or passing across; transverse.
2. Eager to oppose, especially wrongly; perverse.
adv. & prep. Archaic

Athwart; across.

[Middle English thwerten, from thwert, across, from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr, transverse; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]
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Word: spendthrift


spendthrift 

Definition: (noun) One who spends money recklessly or wastefully.
Synonyms: scattergood, spend-all, spender
Usage: You talk as if a miser on Monday were always a spendthrift on Tuesday. Discuss.