[ thoh ]
See synonyms for though on
  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).

  1. for all that; however.

Idioms about though

  1. as though, as if: It seems as though the place is deserted.

Origin of though

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English thoh, from Old Norse thō; replacing Old English thēah; cognate with German doch, Gothic thauh

confusables note For though

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use though in a sentence

  • Do not heed the Governor-Generalʼs decree, calling you to arms, even though it cost you your lives.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • But he does the very opposite if it is a matter not to his taste, even though the prisoners be guiltless.

  • I can perceive none, even though the steamships should still proceed to Liverpool as heretofore.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • Since that hour there was no possible means of communicating with Lucknow, even though he had reached Allahabad safely.

    The Red Year | Louis Tracy
  • It is not usual to find gonococci when many other bacteria are present, even though the pus is primarily of gonorrheal origin.

    A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd

British Dictionary definitions for though


/ (ðəʊ) /

  1. (sometimes preceded by even) despite the fact that: though he tries hard, he always fails; poor though she is, her life is happy

  2. as though as if: he looked as though he'd seen a ghost

  1. nevertheless; however: he can't dance: he sings well, though

Origin of though

Old English theah; related to Old Frisian thāch, Old Saxon, Old High German thōh, Old Norse thō

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with though


see as if (though).

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