Definition of thew in English:

thew

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Pronunciation: /θjuː
 
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noun

[mass noun] literary
1Muscular strength: brains and brawn, thought and thew
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  • I trust his thew and his brother's wit.
1.1 (thews) Muscles and tendons perceived as generating strength: she touched his magnificent thews
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  • Then I realized that any of the the various small stories of treachery and betrayal I had encountered could form the thews and sinews of a mystery novel.
  • The thug strove furiously to clamp his meaty paws around the lighter man's neck, but the deceptive strength of the other's rangy thews held him at bay.
  • Renny's claws were embedded in the wiry thews of the jaguar's forearms, streams of blackish blood spilling down his hands as he fought to shred the tendons crushing the life from him.

Origin

Old English thēaw 'usage, custom', (plural) 'manner of behaving', of unknown origin. The sense 'good bodily proportions, muscular development' arose in Middle English.

Derivatives

thewed

adjective
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  • I have to, otherwise I shall strike to the left of me and the right of me with my mighty thewed forearms, probably snapping a few heads along the way.
  • In keeping with Finder's emotionally realistic tone, the artwork avoids the heavily thewed men and exaggerated supermodel women beloved of superhero comics.
  • He was smooth and rosy-skinned, cherubic-faced, with a thatch of curly yellow hair, but his body was as hugely thewed as a Hercules.

thewy

adjective
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  • With her sinewy shanks and thewy thighs, the new nurse in Pine Valley Hospital on ABC's daytime soaper All My Children could easily be a professional athlete.

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