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thwart n : a crosspiece spreading the gunnels of a boat; used as a seat in a rowboat [syn: cross thwart] v : hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent" [syn: queer, spoil, scotch, foil, cross, frustrate, baffle, bilk]

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  • /θwɔː(r)t/
  • /TwOrt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔː(r)t


From etyl enm thwerten, thwarten


  1. to prevent; to halt; to cause failure.
    The police thwarted the would-be assassin.

Derived terms


to prevent; to halt; to cause failure


  1. A seat attached to both sides of a boat.
    The fisherman sat on the aft thwart to row.


A seat attached to both sides of a boat

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