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/