Definition of Thorn

1. Noun. Something that causes irritation and annoyance. "He's a thorn in my flesh"

Exact synonyms: Irritant
Generic synonyms: Annoyance, Bother, Botheration, Infliction, Pain, Pain In The Ass, Pain In The Neck
Derivative terms: Irritate



2. Noun. A small sharp-pointed tip resembling a spike on a stem or leaf.
Exact synonyms: Pricker, Prickle, Spikelet, Spine, Sticker
Generic synonyms: Aculeus
Specialized synonyms: Glochid, Glochidium
Derivative terms: Prick, Prickly, Spinous, Stick, Thorny

3. Noun. A Germanic character of runic origin.
Generic synonyms: Rune, Runic Letter

Definition of Thorn

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

2. v. t. To prick, as with a thorn.

Definition of Thorn

1. Proper noun. (surname topographic from=Middle English dot=) for someone living near a thorn bush. ¹

2. Noun. A sharp protective spine of a plant. ¹

3. Noun. A letter of the Latin alphabet (''capital:'' '''Þ''', ''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 '' '''th'''igh'' ¹

4. Verb. To pierce with, or as if with, a thorn ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Thorn

1. to prick with a thorn (a sharp, rigid projection on a plant) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Thorn

1. A modified plant organ, especially a stem, that is stiffened and terminates in a sharp point. (09 Oct 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Thorn

thoriate
thoriated
thoriates
thoriating
thoric
thoriferous
thorikosite
thorin
thorite
thorites
thorium
thorium-228
thorium compounds
thorium dioxide
thoriums
thorn (current term)
thorn-headed
thorn apple
thorn apple crystals
thorn in someone's side
thorn in the flesh
thornapple
thornapples
thornasite
thornback
thornbacks
thornbill
thornbills
thornbird
thornbirds

Literary usage of Thorn

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1. Northern Germany, as Far as the Bavarian and Austrian Frontiers: Handbook by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1893)
"thorn is famous for its 'Pfefferkuchen', a kind of gingerbread (sold by Weete, ... The Peace of thorn (1466) left it in the hands of the Order. ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1921)
"That thorn was looking at the deed to ascertain whether a road was reserved ... This thorn could plainly see. but he evidently wanted to know what the deed ..."

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