- (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
Related Words for even thoughstill, yet, though, when, notwithstanding, nonetheless, withal, nevertheless, however, although, but, regardless, howbeit, despite, albeit, granted, if, whereas, allowing, admitting
- (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 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.
see as if (though).