And the King thought he had mightily grown in stature and thews.
Hath he no the smooth face o' a bairn and the thews' o' Behemoth?'
With a snarl he exerted his inhuman strength, and knots and lumps and ropes of thews rose along his massive arms.
When your thews are grown it will not be on thuribles they'll spend their strength, or I'm a liar else.
Either you died under the strain, or your thews and sinews grew to be equal to their relentless task.
None could find fault with their thews and sinews, and as for their spirit, it is for us to see it does not fail.
thews and sinews are theirs, and an intimate knowledge of the woods.
Another large class, the thews, were the absolute property of their owners.
Her thews were strong, and she loved it all the more for the tests that it put to its children.
At least, send him not till his thews are laced and his bones set.
Old English þeawes "customs, manners, personal qualities," plural of þeaw "habit, custom," from Proto-Germanic *thawaz (cf. Old Saxon thau "usage, custom, habit," Old High German thau "discipline"); no certain cognates outside West Germanic and of unknown origin. Meaning "bodily powers or parts indicating strength, good physique" is attested from 1560s, from notion of "good qualities." Acquired a sense of "muscular development" when it was revived by Scott (1818).