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thew

[thyoo] /θyu/
noun
1.
Usually, thews. muscle or sinew.
2.
thews, physical strength.
Origin
900
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
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British Dictionary definitions for thews

thew

/θjuː/
noun
1.
muscle, esp if strong or well-developed
2.
(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 thews
n.

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).

thew

n.

Old English þeaw; see thews.

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