athwart (uh-THWART)

adverb, preposition: from side to side of; across; against

Etymology
From a- (on, into, toward) + thwart, from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr (transverse). Earliest documented use: 1470

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“He shuffled athwart, keeping one eye ahead vigilantly.”
Joseph Conrad; Heart of Darkness; Blackwood’s Magazine; 1899

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