[ thurz-deyz, -deez ]
/ ˈθɜrz deɪz, -diz /
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on Thursdays; every Thursday.
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Origin of Thursdays

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What does Thursdays mean?

The word Thursdays can be used as an adverb meaning every Thursday or on Thursdays, as in I work Thursdays or The shop is closed Thursdays. 

Thursdays is of course also the plural of Thursday, the name of the weekday between Wednesday and Friday.

When it’s used as an adverb, Thursdays describes when something happens or when an action is taken.

The singular form Thursday can also be used as an adverb, as in We’re closed Thursday or Do you work Thursday?

Thursdays (ending with an s) usually implies that the action or event is a regular occurrence, such as one that happens according to a schedule. For example, saying, “I work Thursdays” means that you work every Thursday. In contrast, saying, “I work on Thursday” or “I work Thursday” typically means that you are scheduled to work on the upcoming Thursday.

Example: The shop is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Where does Thursdays come from?

The first records of the word Thursday come from before 950, but the use of Thursdays as an adverb is first recorded in the 1600s. The suffix s is used to make it an adverb. It’s used this way in similar time-related words like sometimes and weekdays. You can add this –s suffix to other words to turn them into adverbs, including every other day of the week, as well as words like nights, as in I work nights. 

The word Thursday itself comes from the Old English Thursdæg, from Old Danish Thūrsdagr, meaning “Thor‘s day.” This is a translation of (or is modeled on) the Latin term diēs Jovis, meaning “Jupiter’s day.” In many Germanic languages, the Roman god Jupiter was subbed out in favor of Thor, the hammer-wielding god of thunder in Norse mythology.

If you’re curious to know more about the history behind the word Thursday, just read our article on the name’s fascinating origins.

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How is Thursdays used in real life?

As an adverb, Thursdays is commonly used in discussion of when people work and when businesses will be open or closed.


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