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[thur-oh, thuhr-oh]
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  1. executed without negligence or omissions: a thorough search.
  2. complete; perfect; utter: thorough enjoyment.
  3. extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking: a thorough worker; a thorough analysis.
  4. having full command or mastery of an art, talent, etc.: a thorough actress.
  5. extending or passing through.
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adverb, preposition
  1. Archaic. through.
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  1. (initial capital letter) English History. the administrative policies of the Earl of Stafford and Archbishop Laud during the reign of Charles I: so called because they were uncompromisingly carried out.
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Origin of thorough

before 900; Middle English (preposition and adv.); Old English thuruh, variant of thurh through
Related formsthor·ough·ly, adverbthor·ough·ness, nounqua·si-thor·ough, adjectivequa·si-thor·ough·ly, adverbsu·per·thor·ough, adjectivesu·per·thor·ough·ly, adverbsu·per·thor·ough·ness, nounun·thor·ough, adjectiveun·thor·ough·ly, adverbun·thor·ough·ness, noun

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Contemporary Examples of thorough

Historical Examples of thorough

  • This time the Romans decided to be thorough in their work of destruction.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • A thorough examination should be regularly made, and I will promote it.

  • Neither is politeness at all inconsistent with thorough familiarity.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • The Metanoia, the re-directing of my thought, was a thorough and basic change.

  • This man had been in the service a long time, and was a thorough man-of-war's man.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

British Dictionary definitions for thorough


  1. carried out completely and carefullya thorough search
  2. (prenominal) uttera thorough bore
  3. painstakingly carefulmy work is thorough
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Derived Formsthoroughly, adverbthoroughness, noun

Word Origin for thorough

Old English thurh; related to Old Frisian thruch, Old Saxon thuru, Old High German duruh; see through


  1. thoroughgoing policy, as adopted in England by Strafford and Laud during the reign of Charles I
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Word Origin and History for thorough


late 15c., adjectival use of Old English þuruh (adv.) "from end to end, from side to side," stressed variant of þurh (adv., prep.); see through. Related: thoroughly (c.1300).

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