[th uhs]


in the way just indicated; in this way: Stated thus, the problem seems trivial.
in such or the following manner; so: Thus it came to pass.
accordingly; consequently: It is late, and thus you must go.
to this extent or degree: thus far.
as an example; for instance.

Origin of thus

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch dus

Usage note

See thusly. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for thus

so, then, therefore, hence, thusly, consequently, ergo, thereupon

Examples from the Web for thus

Contemporary Examples of thus

Historical Examples of thus

  • "Yet it is ever thus, when Plato is with us," exclaimed Pericles.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • It is ever thus, when we disobey the gods, to please mortals.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The request, thus aided by flattery, was almost unanimously granted.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • It was thus Billy Brue found him at the end of his second day's search.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • "No, I suppose not," said Hester, thus disclaiming the title.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

British Dictionary definitions for thus



in this mannerdo it thus
to such a degreethus far and no further

sentence connector

thereforeWe have failed. Thus we have to take the consequences

Word Origin for thus

Old English; related to Old Frisian, Old Saxon thus
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Word Origin and History for thus

Old English þus "in this way," related to þæt "that" and this, but the exact connection and Proto-Germanic history are obscure. Cognate with Old Saxon and Old Frisian thus, Middle Dutch and Dutch dus. Colloquial adverb thusly first recorded 1865.

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