And the mirror replied: “You, my queen, may have a beauty quite rare, but Little Snow White is a thousand times more fair.”
Yesterday, when Gawker dumped almost a thousand pages of confidential Bain financial documents, financial reporters shrugged.
With prizes on the Red Bull tour of just a few thousand dollars, the divers certainly aren't in it for the money.
But unfortunately when we got back we realized this could go literally a thousand different ways.
If Santorum had just attracted a few thousand more working-class votes, he would have won the primary.
There's a thousand years of prejudice and bigotry concentrated in you.
Did he say anything about what he had done with this thousand dollars or more?
I could go several thousand yards without stopping and with no mishaps.
The clock struck twelve, and it seemed as if it struck a thousand.
Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.
Old English þusend, from Proto-Germanic *thusundi (cf. Old Frisian thusend, Dutch duizend, Old High German dusunt, German tausend, Old Norse þusund, Gothic þusundi).
Related to words in Balto-Slavic (cf. Lithuanian tukstantis, Old Church Slavonic tysashta, Polish tysiąc, Czech tisic), and probably ultimately a compound with indefinite meaning "several hundred" or "a great multitude" (with first element perhaps related to Sanskrit tawas "strong, force").
Used to translate Greek khilias, Latin mille, hence the refinement into the precise modern meaning. There was no general Indo-European word for "thousand." Slang shortening thou first recorded 1867. Thousand island dressing (1916) is presumably named for the region of New York on the St. Lawrence River.