Middle English Dictionary Entry
|Etymology||Prob. from OE geþrafu or geþræf pressure, compulsion (cp. þrafian to urge or reprove); ?cp. Scot. thraftly in a surly manner (from OE þræft a quarrel, contention).|
Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)
Urgently, eagerly; ?angrily.
- c1275(?a1200) Lay.Brut (Clg A.9)13874 : Þe kaisere wende Walwain to scende..Ah Bruttes him þrungen to þræfliche [Otho: wroþliche] swiðe & þa Romanisce men arudden heore kaiseren, and heo to-somne heolde swulc heouene wolde ualle.