Definition of thresh in English:

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Pronunciation: /θrɛʃ/


1 [with object] Separate grain from (corn or other crops), typically with a flail or by the action of a revolving mechanism: machinery that can reap and thresh corn in the same process (as noun threshing) farm workers started the afternoon’s threshing
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  • When they had secured Charles's crops, and threshed his corn, the only thing remaining to them was to return home.
  • Yields for dryland crops will be low, making it difficult to keep enough material flowing into the combine to effectively thresh the crop without excessive damage to kernels and beans.
  • The hired girls especially identify with the plough; they all had to help their families with the farms: herding cattle, growing crops, and threshing wheat.
2θrɛʃ [no object] Move violently; thrash: a creature threshing in a net [with object]: it threshes its wings frantically overhead
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  • The shark was threshing wildly now as it was brought alongside, crimson blood gushing from its mouth and the open gills slits.
  • The frenzy of participation reaches its acme during the immersion that concludes the festival, when thousands of worshippers thresh around the icons as they are taken in convoy to the Arabian Sea.
  • And then she lashes out, brandishing her weapon and again there is an irruption of violence, a struggle on the floor, bodies threshing.


Old English therscan, later threscan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dorsen and German dreschen. Compare with thrash.

  • thrash from Old English:

    Thrash and thresh are variant forms of the same Old English word. The Germanic root sense was probably ‘to tramp with the feet’. Thrash was used for treading out corn by men or oxen; when beating with a flail replaced treading, thresh was restricted to producing grain, and thrash extended to more generalized notions of knocking, beating, and striking. In threshold (Old English) the first element is related to thresh in the Germanic sense ‘tread’, but the origin of the second element remains unknown.

Words that rhyme with thresh

afresh, Andhra Pradesh, Bangladesh, crème fraîche, enmesh, flesh, fresh, intermesh, Kesh, Madhya Pradesh, Marrakesh, mesh, nesh, Uttar Pradesh

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