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Old English þorp and þrop


  1. (archaic) hamlet

Extensive Definition

Thorp is a Middle English word for a hamlet or small village, from Old English (Anglo-Saxon)/ Old Norse Þorp (also thorp). There are many place names in England with the suffix "-thorp" or "-thorpe". Most are in East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk but some are in Surrey.
Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Þorp (also thorp) is cognate with German Dorf as in:
Rheindorf the "Village of Rhein river" and
Düsseldorf, the "Village of river Düssel"
and Dutch Dorp.

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