One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that thrashes.
- ‘Here was a band that seemingly had that bit of something that at the same time appealed to indie kids, seasoned metallers, thrashers and fledgling ravers.’
- ‘Once again happy, healthy and whole, the Swedish thrashers with a meaningful message and a kooky name are ready to embark on a journey of music and merriment.’
- ‘While his guitar used to sound like an impending revolution, his talents now seem comparable to any average American rock string thrasher.’
2archaic spelling of thresher (sense 1)
An American songbird of the mockingbird family, with mainly brown or gray plumage, a long tail, and a down-curved bill.
Family Mimidae: five genera, in particular Toxostoma, and several species
- ‘Among birds that can be attracted in the summer are brown thrashers, catbirds, robins, thrushes, waxwings, woodpeckers, orioles, cardinals, towhees and grosbeaks.’
- ‘The song can sound like hoots and whistles, in a repeating pattern similar to that of a mockingbird or thrasher.’
- ‘Although this is desert, there is an incredible diversity of bird life along the river and in other areas of the park - mourning doves, American kestrel falcons, nighthawks and brown thrashers are just a few of the birds that call it home.’
- ‘Edge it with shrubs to provide leaf litter where brown thrashers, towhees, and white-throated and fox sparrows can scratch for insects.’
- ‘Most versatile of all is the brown thrasher, a singer's singer, which knows as many as 2,000 songs.’
Early 19th century: perhaps from English dialect thrusher, thresher ‘thrush’.
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