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though

[th oh]
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conjunction
  1. (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.
  2. even if; granting that (often preceded by even).
adverb
  1. for all that; however.
Idioms
  1. as though, as if: It seems as though the place is deserted.

Origin of though

1150–1200; Middle English thoh < Old Norse thō (earlier *thauh); replacing Old English thēah; cognate with German doch, Gothic thauh

Usage note

Among some conservatives there is a traditional objection to the use of though in place of although as a conjunction. However, the latter (earlier all though ) was originally an emphatic form of the former, and there is nothing in contemporary English usage to justify such a distinction.
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Examples from the Web for though

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Though younger than myself, she reciprocated the love she had inspired.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • He has clothed the Graces, though the Graces never clothed him.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "There's enough like that kind, though," interrupted Uncle Peter.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • The mass was an ornate one, though not more so than they were accustomed to at Beaulieu.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He felt morally bound to get it repaired, though he was guiltless of the damage.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for though

though

conjunction (subordinating)
  1. (sometimes preceded by even) despite the fact thatthough he tries hard, he always fails; poor though she is, her life is happy
  2. as though as ifhe looked as though he'd seen a ghost
adverb
  1. nevertheless; howeverhe can't dance: he sings well, though

Word Origin

Old English theah; related to Old Frisian thāch, Old Saxon, Old High German thōh, Old Norse thō
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with though

though

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