from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Unleavened.
- v. To need; lack.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To need; lack.
The thar, tharf or thor cake also baked in the north of England – the word ‘thor’ is rooted in the Anglo-Saxon 'theorf' or 'tharf' meaning unleavened - is parkin by another name.
Theorf/tharf cakes were made of oatmeal and water and cooked on the griddle, the ingredients were enlivened at feast times by the addition of spices and sweetening originally honey.