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[th oh] /ðoʊ/
(used in introducing a subordinate clause, which is often marked by ellipsis) notwithstanding that; in spite of the fact that; although:
Though he tried very hard, he failed the course.
even if; granting that (often preceded by even).
for all that; however.
as though, as if:
It seems as though the place is deserted.
Origin of though
1150-1200; Middle English thoh < Old Norse thō (earlier *thauh); replacing Old English thēah; cognate with German doch, Gothic thauh
Usage note
Among some conservatives there is a traditional objection to the use of though in place of although as a conjunction. However, the latter (earlier all though) was originally an emphatic form of the former, and there is nothing in contemporary English usage to justify such a distinction. Unabridged
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  • He was not prepared with any answer, though he hotly resented every word of her accusation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "There's enough like that kind, though," interrupted Uncle Peter.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • So my rascals ever did with me, though in good truth I seldom listened to their recital.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Too bad, though—you certainly need a wife to take the conceit out of you.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • though she had many suitors, she remained faithful to Jack Gray.

British Dictionary definitions for though


conjunction (subordinating)
(sometimes preceded by even) despite the fact that: though he tries hard, he always fails, poor though she is, her life is happy
as though, as if: he looked as though he'd seen a ghost
nevertheless; however: he can't dance: he sings well, though
Word Origin
Old English theah; related to Old Frisian thāch, Old Saxon, Old High German thōh, Old Norse thō
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Word Origin and History for though

c.1200, from Old English þeah, and in part from Old Norse þo "though," both from Proto-Germanic *thaukh (cf. Gothic þauh, Old Frisian thach, Middle Dutch, Dutch doch, Old High German doh, German doch), from PIE demonstrative pronoun *to- (see that). The evolution of the terminal sound did not follow laugh, tough, etc., though a tendency to end the word in "f" existed c.1300-1750 and persists in dialects.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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