Definition of thorp in English:

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Pronunciation: /THôrp/
(also thorpe)


chiefly British (In place names) a village or hamlet: Scunthorpe
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  • The lesser topographical names like thorpe, and in Norwegian-dominated areas thwaite, were marginal settlements and clearings.
  • The most obvious evidence of a Scandinavian presence is preserved in place names, notably those ending in by or thorpe.
  • Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, and to a lesser extent East Anglia, are full of place-names ending in by, thorp, and other Scandinavian elements.


Old English thorp, throp, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dorp and German Dorf.

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