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Webster 1913 Edition


Thrave

Thrave

(thrāv)
,
Noun.
[OE.
þrave
,
þreve
, Icel.
þrefi
; akin to Dan.
trave
; cf. Icel.
þrīfa
to grasp.]
1.
Twenty-four (in some places, twelve) sheaves of wheat; a shock, or stook.
[Prov. Eng.]
2.
The number of two dozen; also, an indefinite number; a bunch; a company; a throng.
“The worst of a thrave.”
[Obs.]
Landsdowne MS.
He sends forth
thraves
of ballads to the sale.
Bp. Hall.

Webster 1828 Edition


Thrave

THRAVE

,
Noun.
A drove; a herd. [Not in use.]

THRAVE

,
Noun.
The number of two dozen. [Not in use.]

Definition 2022


thrave

thrave

English

Verb

thrave (third-person singular simple present thraves, present participle thraving, simple past and past participle thraved)

  1. (transitive, Britain, dialectal) To urge; compel; importune.
Related terms
  • thraft

Etymology 2

From Middle English thrave, threve, thrafe, from Old Norse þrefi (a bunch or handful of sheaves), related to Old Norse þrifa (to grasp). Cognate with Swedish trave, Danish trave.

Alternative forms

  • threave (obsolete), threve (obsolete)

Noun

thrave (plural thraves)

  1. (Britain, dialect) A sheaf; a handful.
  2. (Britain, dialect, obsolete) Twenty-four (or in some places, twelve) sheaves of wheat; a shock, or stook.
  3. (Britain, dialect, obsolete) Two dozen, or similar indefinite number; a bunch; a throng.
    • Landsdowne MS
      The worst of a thrave.
    • Bishop Hall
      He sends forth thraves of ballads to the sale.