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Meaning of thorn by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • Thorne

    Proper noun


    1. A topographic surname for someone living near a thorn bush .


    • North, north, Rt Hon

Explanation of thorn by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. something that causes irritation and annoyance

    2. he's a thorn in my flesh
    3. a Germanic character of runic origin

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

    Definition of thorn by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Thorn n. [AS. þorn; akin to OS. & OFries. thorn, D. doorn, G. dorn, Dan. torn, Sw. törne, Icel. þorn, Goth. þaúrnus; cf. Pol. tarn, Russ. tern' the blackthorn, ternie thorns, Skr. tṛṇa grass, blade of grass. √53.]
      1. A hard and sharp-pointed projection from a woody stem; usually, a branch so transformed; a spine.

      2. ( Bot. ) Any shrub or small tree which bears thorns; especially, any species of the genus Crataegus, as the hawthorn, whitethorn, cockspur thorn.

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

      There was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me. 2 Cor. xii. 7.

      The guilt of empire, all its thorns and cares,

      Be only mine. Southern.

      4. 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.

      Thorn apple ( Bot. ), Jamestown weed. -- Thorn broom ( Bot. ), a shrub that produces thorns. -- Thorn hedge, a hedge of thorn-bearing trees or bushes. -- Thorn devil. ( Zool. ) See Moloch, 2. -- Thorn hopper ( Zool. ), a tree hopper ( Thelia crataegi ) which lives on the thorn bush, apple tree, and allied trees.

    2. Thorn, v. t. To prick, as with a thorn. [Poetic]

      I am the only rose of all the stock

      That never thorn'd him. Tennyson.