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]
- Rhymes with: -ɔː(r)t
EtymologyFrom etyl enm thwerten, thwarten
to prevent; to halt; to cause failure
- 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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