- thorpe (obsolete)
From Middle English thorp, throp, from Old English þorp, þrop (“farm, village”), from Proto-Germanic *þurpą, *þrepą (“village, farmstead, troop”), from Proto-Indo-European *trab-, *treb- (“dwelling, room”). Cognate with North Frisian torp, terp (“village, fallow”), Dutch dorp (“village”), German Dorf (“hamlet, village, town”), Danish torp (“village”), Swedish torp (“farm, cottage, croft”), Icelandic þorp (“village, farm”), Latin trabs (“beam, rafter, roof”), Lithuanian trōbà (“farmhouse”), Welsh tref (“town”), Albanian trevë (“country, region, village”). Related to troop.
thorp (plural thorps)
- (archaic, now chiefly in placenames) A group of houses standing together in the country; a hamlet; a village.
- Within a little thorp I staid.