Definition of thrawn in English:



  • 1Twisted; crooked.

    ‘a slightly thrawn neck’
    twisted, bent, arthritic, misshapen
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  • 2Perverse; ill-tempered.

    ‘mother's looking a bit thrawn this morning’
    • ‘Life for her and her siblings on Blawearie farm is conditioned by the weather and the mood of her thrawn, ill-tempered father, John.’
    • ‘Yorkshiremen can be devilish thrawn but they often get things right.’
    • ‘No politician is more skilled - or thrawn - with repetition of the same answer to varying questions.’
    • ‘Although the Holland job must be tempting, it is probably too easy an option for his thrawn nature.’
    • ‘Being thrawn, I refused to cut it to ‘a commercial length’ or compromise in any way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We might then come to distinguish between genuine contribution to debate and thrawn oppositionalism, all too often confused with an independent spirit.’
    • ‘Too often writers become seduced by fame and lose the plot but Naipaul was always himself, a thrawn individual who knows his own worth.’
    bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irritable, grumpy, cantankerous, truculent, sulky, sullen, awkward, uncooperative, unhelpful, recalcitrant, refractory, difficult, perverse, contrary, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, obstreperous, choleric
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Late Middle English: Scots form of thrown (see throw), in the obsolete sense ‘twisted, wrung’.