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[thyoo] /θyu/
Usually, thews. muscle or sinew.
thews, physical strength.
Origin of thew
before 900; Middle English; Old English thēaw custom, usage; cognate with Old High German thau (later dau) discipline; akin to Latin tuērī to watch
Related forms
thewy, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for thew


muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
(pl) muscular strength
Derived Forms
thewy, adjective
thewless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English thēaw; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thau discipline, Latin tuērī to observe, tūtus secure
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Word Origin and History for thew

Old English þeaw; see thews.

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