Meaning of thwart

thwart

Pronunciation: (thwôrt), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.
  2. to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.).
    1. to cross.
    2. to extend across.
—n.
  1. a seat across a boat, esp. one used by a rower.
  2. a transverse member spreading the gunwales of a canoe or the like.
—adj.
  1. passing or lying crosswise or across; cross; transverse.
  2. perverse; obstinate.
  3. adverse; unfavorable.
—prep., adv.
  1. across; athwart.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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