One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person or thing that thrashes.
- ‘While his guitar used to sound like an impending revolution, his talents now seem comparable to any average American rock string thrasher.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
2archaic spelling of thresher (sense 1)
A thrushlike American songbird of the mockingbird family, with mainly brown or gray plumage, a long tail, and a down-curved bill.
- ‘Among birds that can be attracted in the summer are brown thrashers, catbirds, robins, thrushes, waxwings, woodpeckers, orioles, cardinals, towhees and grosbeaks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Most versatile of all is the brown thrasher, a singer's singer, which knows as many as 2,000 songs.’
- ‘The song can sound like hoots and whistles, in a repeating pattern similar to that of a mockingbird or thrasher.’
- ‘Edge it with shrubs to provide leaf litter where brown thrashers, towhees, and white-throated and fox sparrows can scratch for insects.’
Early 19th century: perhaps from English dialect thrusher, thresher ‘thrush’.
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