- ( UK ) IPA: /ðəʊ/, SAMPA: /D@U/
- ( US ) IPA: /ðoʊ/, SAMPA: /DoU/
- Rhymes: -əʊ
- Despite the fact that; although .
- ( archaic ) If, that, even if .
Middle English thagh, thaugh from Old English þēah, later superceded in many dialects by Middle English thogh, though from Old Norse *þóh ( later þó ), both from Proto-Germanic *þauh ( “though” ) from Proto-Indo-European *to-. Akin to Old Frisian þāh "though", Old Saxon þōh "though" ( Dutch doch ), Old High German dōh "though, but, yet, nevertheless" ( German doch ). More at that .
Explanation of though by Wordnet Dictionary
- Though ( thō ), conj. [OE. thogh, þah, AS. ðeáh, ðǣh, ðēh; akin to OS. thōh, OFries. thach, D. & G. doch but, yet, OHG. doh but, yet though, Icel. þō yet, nevertheless, Sw. dock, Dan. dog, Goth. þáuh, þáu, than, or, yet; of uncertain origin. √184.] Granting, admitting, or supposing that; notwithstanding that; if.
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him. Job xiii. 15.
Not that I so affirm, though so it seem. Milton.
☞ It is compounded with all in although. See Although.
As though, as if.
In the vine were three branches; and it was as though it budded. Gen. xl. 10.
- Though, adv. However; nevertheless; notwithstanding; -- used in familiar language, and in the middle or at the end of a sentence.
I would not be as sick though for his place. Shak.
A good cause would do well, though. Dryden.
Definition of though by GCIDE Dictionary