Thrawl vs. Thrall

By Jaxson

  • Thrall

    A thrall (Old Norse/Icelandic: þræll, Faroese: trælur, Norwegian: trell, Danish: træl, Swedish: träl) was a slave or serf in Scandinavian lands during the Viking Age. The corresponding term in Old English was þēow. The status of slave (þræll, þēow) contrasts with that of the freeman (karl, ceorl) and the nobleman (jarl, eorl). The Middle Latin rendition of the term in early Germanic law is servus.

  • Thrawl (noun)

    A stone slab or shelf used to keep food cool in a larder or pantry, in the days before refrigeration was domestically available.

    “He placed the side of beef on the thrawl.”

  • Thrall (noun)

    One who is enslaved or under mind control.

  • Thrall (noun)

    The state of being under the control of another person.

  • Thrall (noun)

    A shelf; a stand for barrels, etc.

  • Thrall (adjective)

    Enthralled; captive.

  • Thrall (verb)

    To make a thrall; enslave.


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