Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • conj. Despite the fact that; although: He still argues, though he knows he's wrong. Even though it was raining, she walked to work.
  • conj. Conceding or supposing that; even if: Though they may not succeed, they will still try. See Usage Note at although.
  • adv. However; nevertheless: Snow is not predicted; we can expect some rain, though.
  • adv. Informal Used as an intensive: Wouldn't that beat all, though?

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Despite that; however.
  • adv. Used to intensify statements or questions; indeed.
  • conj. Despite the fact that; although.
  • conj. If, that, even if.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. However; nevertheless; notwithstanding; -- used in familiar language, and in the middle or at the end of a sentence.
  • conj. Granting, admitting, or supposing that; notwithstanding that; if.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Notwithstanding that; in spite of the fact that; albeit; while: followed by a clause, usually indicative, either completely or elliptically expressed, and noting a recognized fact.
  • Conceding or allowing that; however true it be that; even were it the case that; even if: followed by a subjunctive clause noting a mere possibility or supposition.
  • Hence, without concessive force, in the case that; if: commonly used in the expression as though.
  • Nevertheless; however; still; but: followed by a clause restricting or modifying preceding statements.
  • Synonyms Although, Though, etc. (See although.) While, Though. See while.
  • Notwithstanding this or that; however; for all that.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. (postpositive) however

Etymologies

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; see to- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English thagh, thaugh, from Old English þēah, later superseded in many dialects by Middle English thogh, though, from Old Norse *þóh (later þó), both from Proto-Germanic *þauh (“though”), from Proto-Indo-European *to-.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, Dutch doch, Old High German dōh (German doch). More at that. (Wiktionary)

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  • This is a funny word, whichever way you look at it. One of my favourites in English.

    February 19, 2010