- (used in introducing a subordinate clause, which is often marked by ellipsis) notwithstanding that; in spite of the fact that; although: Though he tried very hard, he failed the course.
- even if; granting that (often preceded by even).
- for all that; however.
- as though, as if: It seems as though the place is deserted.
Origin of though
- (sometimes preceded by even) despite the fact thatthough he tries hard, he always fails; poor though she is, her life is happy
- as though as ifhe looked as though he'd seen a ghost
- nevertheless; howeverhe can't dance: he sings well, though
Word Origin and History for even though
c.1200, from Old English þeah, and in part from Old Norse þo "though," both from Proto-Germanic *thaukh (cf. Gothic þauh, Old Frisian thach, Middle Dutch, Dutch doch, Old High German doh, German doch), from PIE demonstrative pronoun *to- (see that). The evolution of the terminal sound did not follow laugh, tough, etc., though a tendency to end the word in "f" existed c.1300-1750 and persists in dialects.
Idioms and Phrases with even though
see as if (though).