One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Twisted; crooked.‘a slightly thrawn neck’twisted, bent, arthritic, misshapenView synonyms
2Perverse; ill-tempered.‘your mother's looking a bit thrawn this morning’
bad-tempered, ill-tempered, irritable, grumpy, cantankerous, truculent, sulky, sullen, awkward, uncooperative, unhelpful, recalcitrant, refractory, difficult, perverse, contrary, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, obstreperous, cholericView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Life for her and her siblings on Blawearie farm is conditioned by the weather and the mood of her thrawn, ill-tempered father, John.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: Scots form of thrown (see throw), in the obsolete sense ‘twisted, wrung’.
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