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Meaning of THWART

Pronunciation:  twort

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat
  2. [v]  hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  3. [v]  hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"

THWART is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: baffle, bilk, cross, cross thwart, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil
 See Also: crosspiece, dash, dinghy, disappoint, discourage, dory, double cross, forbid, foreclose, forestall, let down, preclude, prevent, rowboat, ruin, short-circuit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Thwart\, a. [OE. [thorn]wart, [thorn]wert, a. and adv.,
    Icel. [thorn]vert, neut. of [thorn]verr athwart, transverse,
    across; akin to AS. [thorn]weorh perverse, transverse, cross,
    D. dwars, OHG. dwerah, twerh, G. zwerch, quer, Dan. & Sw.
    tver athwart, transverse, Sw. tv["a]r cross, unfriendly,
    Goth. [thorn]wa['i]rhs angry. Cf. {Queer}.]
    1. Situated or placed across something else; transverse;
             Moved contrary with thwart obliquities. --Milton.
    2. Fig.: Perverse; crossgrained. [Obs.] --Shak.
  2. \Thwart\, adv. [See {Thwart}, a.]
    Thwartly; obliquely; transversely; athwart. [Obs.] --Milton.
  3. \Thwart\, prep.
    Across; athwart. --Spenser.
    {Thwart ships}. See {Athwart ships}, under {Athwart}.
  4. \Thwart\, n. (Naut.)
    A seat in an open boat reaching from one side to the other,
    or athwart the boat.
  5. \Thwart\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thwarted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To move across or counter to; to cross; as, an arrow
       thwarts the air. [Obs.]
             Swift as a shooting star In autumn thwarts the
             night.                                --Milton.
    2. To cross, as a purpose; to oppose; to run counter to; to
       contravene; hence, to frustrate or defeat.
             If crooked fortune had not thwarted me. --Shak.
             The proposals of the one never thwarted the
             inclinations of the other.            --South.
  6. \Thwart\, v. i.
    1. To move or go in an oblique or crosswise manner. [R.]
    2. Hence, to be in opposition; to clash. [R.]
             Any proposition . . . that shall at all thwart with
             internal oracles.                     --Locke.