Meaning of throstle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈθrɒs(ə)l/


  • 1British

    old-fashioned term for song thrush

    ‘Coleridge also saw a bird in a larch tree, a ‘throstle’ or thrush in a larch appears in a version of what became his Dejection Ode.’
    • ‘But at least the throstle is still there, keeping the memory and the spirit alive and that is very important.’
    • ‘A stone along the way shows the nest of the throstle, or thrush, no doubt because the town is sometimes referred to as the’ throstle's nest of England.’’
  • 2

    (also throstle frame)
    historical A machine for continuously spinning wool or cotton.

    ‘Additionally, the historical development of the site appeared to reflect the progression of spinning technology through the water and throstle frames, and the self-acting mule.’
    • ‘Mule and ring spinning started in place of the throstle frames.’
    • ‘He had carding machinery and 9,000 throstle frame spinning spindles in a three storey building alongside the brook, and 240 looms in a weaving shed alongside Chaddock Lane.’
    • ‘Wider cards were introduced, lappers installed, geared speeders adopted, and ring spinning substituted for throstle frames.’
    • ‘There were two kinds of throstle spinners, one kind for the warp yarn and one kind for the filling yarn.’


Old English, of Germanic origin, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin turdus ‘thrush’. throstle (sense 2) dates from the early 19th century and was apparently named from the humming sound of the machine.