Use the adverb athwart to describe something that reaches or stretches across, or from one side to another. You might hang a "Happy Birthday" banner athwart your office doorway to celebrate your coworker's birthday.

You can describe things that stretch sideways or span between objects as athwart, and you can also use the word to mean "in opposition to" or "against." For example, you might say that your plans to paint the house dark gray run athwart your roommate's plan, which involves hot pink with gold trim. In the fifteenth century, the word was coined by adding a to the word thwart, which comes from the Old Norse root word Ă¾vert, or "across."

Primary Meanings of athwart

at right angles to the center line of a ship
at an oblique angle
Full Definitions of athwart

adv at right angles to the center line of a ship


adv at an oblique angle

aslant, obliquely

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