Definition of thwaite in English:

thwaite

noun

  • [in place names] A piece of wild land cleared or reclaimed for cultivation:

    ‘Bassenthwaite’
    • ‘The lesser topographical names like thorpe, and in Norwegian-dominated areas thwaite, were marginal settlements and clearings.’
    • ‘It is full of fells and pikes, dales and thwaites, all old Viking words which are preserved here but not used widely elsewhere.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old Norse thveit, thveiti paddock, literally cut piece.

Pronunciation:

thwaite

/θweɪt/