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a suffix extracted from marathon, occurring as the final element in compounds which have the general sense “an event, as a sale or contest, drawn out to unusual length, often until a prearranged goal, as the contribution of a certain amount of money, is reached”: walkathon; readathon .
Also, -a-thon, -thon. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Not but what thon captain's a clever enough cut of a man for them as thinks of nothing but a clean figure and a good leg.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Maybe its from thon McAlenan fellow that owes me two pound for the heifer.

    The Drone Rutherford Mayne
  • I have poured into the wine a drug of wondrous potency and virtue, which was given me in Egypt by Polydamna, the wife of thon.

  • "thon was a brave coup you gave the soger in the street," she said.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thon shalt not escape calumny.

  • I aye said it of ye from thon night when you throttled the dragoon.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The water barriers of the thon and the Aure were forced, and the plateaus to the north occupied.

  • She's waving her hand to me and her in the very mouth of thon awful cave.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • Where's Alice Ann, thon, mother; she esn't gone after them, I s'pose?

    The Wizard of West Penwith William Bentinck Forfar
  • The thon is the most unfishlike fish that one ever cast eyes upon.

    Rambles on the Riviera Francis Miltoun
British Dictionary definitions for thon


a Scot word for yon
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for thon


also -thon, word-forming element denoting prolonged activity and usually some measure of endurance, abstracted from marathon. E.g. walkathon (1931), skatathon (1933); talkathon (1948); telethon (1949).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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