[ thawt ]
/ θɔt /


Nearby words

  1. thotmes i,
  2. thotmes ii,
  3. thotmes iii,
  4. thou,
  5. though,
  6. thought disorder,
  7. thought experiment,
  8. thought leader,
  9. thought police,
  10. thought reading

Origin of thought

before 900; Middle English thoght, Old English (ge)thōht; cognate with Dutch gedachte; akin to thank, think1

2. See idea. 3. reflection, cogitation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thoughts


/ (θɔːt) /


the past tense and past participle of think


Word Origin for thought

Old English thōht; related to Old Frisian thochta, Old Saxon, Old High German githācht

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Word Origin and History for thoughts



Old English þoht, geþoht, from stem of þencan "to conceive of in the mind, consider" (see think). Cognate with the second element in German Gedächtnis "memory," Andacht "attention, devotion," Bedacht "consideration, deliberation." Second thought "later consideration" is recorded from 1640s. Thought-crime is from "Nineteen Eighty-Four" (1949); thought police is attested from 1946, originally in reference to pre-war Japanese Special Higher Police (Tokubetsu Koto Keisatsu).

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Medicine definitions for thoughts


[ thôt ]


The act or the process of thinking; cogitation.
A product of thinking, such as an idea.
The faculty of thinking or reasoning.

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Idioms and Phrases with thoughts


see food for thought; lost in thought; on second thought; penny for your thoughts; perish the thought; train of thought. Also see under think.

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