Definitions for thrashθræʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to beat soundly in punishment; flog.

  2. to defeat thoroughly.

  3. to beat or move wildly or violently; flail.

  4. Ref: thresh

  5. (v.i.)to toss or plunge about wildly or violently.

  6. Ref: thresh

  7. thrash out or over, to talk over thoroughly in order to reach a decision or understanding.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  8. (n.)an act or instance of thrashing; beating.

  9. Ref: thresh

  10. the upward and downward movement of the legs in swimming.

    Category: Sport

* Syn: See beat.

Origin of thrash:

bef. 900; ME; cf. OE thærscan, by-form of therscan to thresh

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thrash(verb)

    a swimming kick used while treading water

  2. thrash, thresh, lam, flail(verb)

    give a thrashing to; beat hard

  3. convulse, thresh, thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss, jactitate(verb)

    move or stir about violently

    "The feverish patient thrashed around in his bed"

  4. slam dance, slam, mosh, thrash(verb)

    dance the slam dance

  5. thrash(verb)

    beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all

  6. thrash(verb)

    move data into and out of core rather than performing useful computation

    "The system is thrashing again!"

  7. thrash, thresh(verb)

    beat the seeds out of a grain

  8. cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick(verb)

    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

    "We licked the other team on Sunday!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thrash(verb)θræʃ

    to move with forceful, uncontrolled movements

    The fish thrashed around on the dock.

  2. thrashθræʃ

    to defeat sb very easily in a sport or fight

    They thrashed us - 6 to 1.


  1. thrash(Noun)

    A beat or blow; the sound of beating.

  2. thrash(Noun)

    A particularly aggressive and intense form of heavy metal music with a focus on speed, technical precision, and alternate picking.

  3. thrash(Verb)

    To beat mercilessly.

  4. thrash(Verb)

    To defeat utterly.

  5. thrash(Verb)

    To thresh.

  6. thrash(Verb)

    To move about wildly or violently; to flail.

  7. thrash(Verb)

    To extensively test a software system, giving a program various inputs and observing the behavior and outputs that result.

  8. thrash(Verb)

    In computer architecture, to cause poor performance of a virtual memory (or paging) system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thrash(verb)

    alt. of Thresh

  2. Thrash(verb)

    alt. of Thresh

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. thrash

    To move wildly or violently, without accomplishing anything useful. Paging or swapping systems that are overloaded waste most of their time moving data into and out of core (rather than performing useful computation) and are therefore said to thrash. Someone who keeps changing his mind (esp. about what to work on next) is said to be thrashing. A person frantically trying to execute too many tasks at once (and not spending enough time on any single task) may also be described as thrashing. Compare multitask.

Translations for thrash

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to strike with blows

The child was soundly thrashed.

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