What does thorn mean?

Definitions for thorn
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. irritant, thorn(noun)

    something that causes irritation and annoyance

    "he's a thorn in my flesh"

  2. spine, thorn, prickle, pricker, sticker, spikelet(noun)

    a small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf

  3. thorn(noun)

    a Germanic character of runic origin

Wiktionary

  1. thorn(Noun)

    A sharp protective spine of a plant.

    Etymology: From þorn and þorn, from þurnuz, from (s)ter-n-, possibly derived from ster-. Near cognates include German Dorn and Gothic 03380330033F0342033D033F0343. Further cognates include Old Church Slavonic трънъ, Albanian drizë and Sanskrit तृण.

  2. thorn(Noun)

    A letter of the Latin alphabet (capital: u00DE, small: þ), borrowed by Old English from the futhark to represent a dental fricative, then not distinguished from eth, but in modern use (in Icelandic and other languages, but no longer in English) used only for the voiceless dental fricative found in English thigh

    Etymology: From þorn and þorn, from þurnuz, from (s)ter-n-, possibly derived from ster-. Near cognates include German Dorn and Gothic 03380330033F0342033D033F0343. Further cognates include Old Church Slavonic трънъ, Albanian drizë and Sanskrit तृण.

  3. thorn(Verb)

    To pierce with, or as if with, a thorn

    Etymology: From þorn and þorn, from þurnuz, from (s)ter-n-, possibly derived from ster-. Near cognates include German Dorn and Gothic 03380330033F0342033D033F0343. Further cognates include Old Church Slavonic трънъ, Albanian drizë and Sanskrit तृण.

  4. Thorn(ProperNoun)

    for someone living near a thorn bush.

    Etymology: From þorn and þorn, from þurnuz, from (s)ter-n-, possibly derived from ster-. Near cognates include German Dorn and Gothic 03380330033F0342033D033F0343. Further cognates include Old Church Slavonic трънъ, Albanian drizë and Sanskrit तृण.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thorn(noun)

    a hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine

  2. Thorn(noun)

    any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Crataegus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn

  3. Thorn(noun)

    fig.: That which pricks or annoys as a thorn; anything troublesome; trouble; care

  4. Thorn(noun)

    the name of the Anglo-Saxon letter /, capital form /. It was used to represent both of the sounds of English th, as in thin, then. So called because it was the initial letter of thorn, a spine

  5. Thorn(verb)

    to prick, as with a thorn

Freebase

  1. Thorn

    Thorn or þorn is a letter in the Old English, Gothic, Old Norse, and Icelandic alphabets, as well as some dialects of Middle English. It was also used in medieval Scandinavia, but was later replaced with the digraph th, except in Iceland where it survives. The letter originated from the rune ᚦ in the Elder Fuþark, called thorn in the Anglo-Saxon and thorn or thurs in the Scandinavian rune poems, its reconstructed Proto-Germanic name being Thurisaz. It has the sound of either a voiceless dental fricative [θ], like th as in the English word thick, or a voiced dental fricative [ð], like th as in the English word the. Modern Icelandic usage generally excludes the latter, which is instead represented with the letter eth; however, [ð] may occur as an allophone of /þ/ when ⟨þ⟩ appears in an unstressed pronoun or adverb after a voiced sound. Typographically, the lower case thorn character is unusual in that it has both an ascender and a descender.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thorn

    thorn, n. a sharp, woody spine on the stem of a plant: a spine: a plant having spines or thorns: anything prickly or troublesome.—ns. Thorn′-app′le, a plant of genus Datura: a haw, a thorn-tree; Thorn′back, a species of ray or skate which has nail-like crooked spines in its back; Thorn′bill, a variety of humming-bird with short, straight bill; Thorn′-bush, a shrub producing thorns; Thorn′-hedge, a hedge of hawthorn.—adjs. Thorn′less, without thorns; Thorn′set, set or beset with thorns; Thorn′y, full of thorns: prickly: troublesome: harassing (A.S. thorniht).—Thorn in the flesh, any cause of constant irritation, from 2 Cor. xii. 7. [A.S. thorn; Ice. thorn, Ger. dorn.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Thorn

    a town and fortress of the first rank in West Prussia, on the Vistula, 115 m. NW. of Warsaw; formerly a member of the Hanseatic League (q. v.); was annexed by Prussia in 1815; the birthplace of Copernicus; carries on a brisk trade in corn and timber.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. thorn

    A fortified town of the kingdom of Prussia, in the province of West Prussia, on the right bank of the Vistula. It is defended by walls, bastions, and two forts. This town was founded by the Teutonic Knights in 1232, and admitted into the Hanseatic League in the beginning of the 14th century. It was taken by Charles XII. of Sweden in 1703, after a siege of four months.

Anagrams for thorn »

  1. Rt Hon

  2. north, North

  3. North, north, Rt Hon

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How to say thorn in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thorn in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thorn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of thorn in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Have you ever seen a donkey smelling a beautiful rose? Donkeys aren't interested in roses, they like thorn bushes or watermelon rinds!

  2. Van Heerden:

    You can't outrun the rhino, if it means to dive into a thorn bush to the left or to the right, we need to get out of its way in a big hurry.

  3. Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer:

    There are forces within Iran for which the policies of the country's president and foreign minister are a thorn in the eye, they may be trying, one way or another, to undermine or torpedo the nuclear deal and the normalization of relations between us and Iran. We are watching this closely.

  4. Adam Scott:

    I certainly have a thorn in my side after not winning last year. I did everything but win, I felt like when it came down to it, even late in the piece I had my chances to kind of close the door, but I left it open and you can't do that with the best players in the world. They'll walk right through and Rory did.

  5. Saadi:

    The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together.

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