One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Twisted; crooked.‘a slightly thrawn neck’twisted, bent, arthritic, misshapenView synonyms
2Perverse; ill-tempered.‘mother's looking a bit thrawn this morning’
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irritable, grumpy, cantankerous, truculent, sulky, sullen, awkward, uncooperative, unhelpful, recalcitrant, refractory, difficult, perverse, contrary, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, obstreperous, cholericView synonyms
- ‘Although the Holland job must be tempting, it is probably too easy an option for his thrawn nature.’
- ‘Too often writers become seduced by fame and lose the plot but Naipaul was always himself, a thrawn individual who knows his own worth.’
- ‘Being thrawn, I refused to cut it to ‘a commercial length’ or compromise in any way.’
- ‘We might then come to distinguish between genuine contribution to debate and thrawn oppositionalism, all too often confused with an independent spirit.’
- ‘No politician is more skilled - or thrawn - with repetition of the same answer to varying questions.’
- ‘For all their reputation as a thrawn nation, the Scots are never better than when enjoying themselves in public, especially when the sun is shining and the sky is blue, as it was yesterday.’
- ‘Yorkshiremen can be devilish thrawn but they often get things right.’
- ‘Life for her and her siblings on Blawearie farm is conditioned by the weather and the mood of her thrawn, ill-tempered father, John.’
Late Middle English: Scots form of thrown (see throw), in the obsolete sense ‘twisted, wrung’.
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