Definition of thill in English:



  • A shaft, especially one of a pair, used to attach a cart or carriage to the animal drawing it.

    • ‘When we got righted and again on our way, on descending a gentle hillside and having met some slight obstacle which required us to back up the hill, the sleigh reared up behind and threw us on the thills and horse's feet.’
    • ‘A pair of thills extend forwardly from the main frame along opposite sides of the flanks of the horse to which the cart is attached.’
    • ‘Ball joints have been used in the connections between the thills or shafts and the horse's harness.’
    pole, stick, rod, staff, shank, upright
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Middle English: of unknown origin.