Definition of though in English:



  • 1Despite the fact that; although.

    ‘though they were speaking in undertones, Percival could hear them’
    • ‘This practice, though sacred in the eyes of our ancestors, appears ridiculous to us.’
    • ‘The house itself, though imposing from the outside, is in fact a very comfortable size.’
    • ‘A well used before the tsunami is still in use though it too was swamped by the waves.’
    • ‘He is always open to all points of view, though he is also absolutely sure of what he wants.’
    • ‘The best of the heckling, though born out of animosity, was seasoned by spontaneous wit.’
    • ‘Haylage is becoming more popular and though it is more expensive than hay, has a higher feed value.’
    • ‘In the winter I tend to cover longer distances in the pool, though I swim at a slower speed.’
    • ‘This player, though inconsistent, knows his way around a grass court and could be tricky.’
    • ‘Mine experts said that drilling, though slow, was still the best way to reach the men.’
    • ‘In fact, though the alarm has some basis in fact, it should be treated with scepticism.’
    • ‘My face, though frosted with new snow, has a warmth in the cheeks that defends the bone.’
    • ‘The onion bhaji, though hardly a revelation, was polished off fairly smartly by Tim.’
    • ‘The fact on which he now relies is that though he stole, he did not in fact threaten violence.’
    • ‘In truth, though clever and apparently effective, that blow had failed to hurt her.’
    • ‘Declan did a good job running the event, though he should have been tougher on the slow players in my opinion.’
    • ‘He did not call an expert in Planned Maintenance, though given leave to do so.’
    • ‘Continental drift also has an effect on the weather, though the process is much slower.’
    • ‘The trade, though lucrative, was quite separate from the rest of his thinking.’
    • ‘Weak and ill though he was, he still held all the reins of power, and refused to let them go.’
    • ‘In form, though comparable in concept to the Sutton Hoo stand, it is unique for England.’
    1. 1.1[with modal]Even if (introducing a possibility)
      ‘you will be informed of its progress, slow though that may be’
      • ‘We also have many ways of saying that, though something may, in fact, not be the case, it could be.’
      • ‘Trivial though facts may be, he wanted to know what he was up against.’
    2. 1.2However; but (introducing something opposed to or qualifying what has just been said)
      ‘her first name was Rose, though no one called her that’
      • ‘Possibly these were folded in or had been removed, though I might have missed them.’
      • ‘This is an enjoyable, though average, transposition of comic book heroes to the big screen.’
      • ‘The train may be flooded out tomorrow, though I expect it will just be late and slow.’
      • ‘New lighting will also be installed, though the final details have yet to be decided.’
      • ‘Adjusting its controls takes no time at all, though small icons can be difficult to make out.’
      • ‘Both are near the university, though the former is a bit more posh and expensive.’
      • ‘The bore was cylindrical and held a double reed, though single reeds are sometimes shown.’
      • ‘If it is possible to get a ticket then get one, though I fear they will be difficult to obtain.’
      • ‘His car has not yet been traced, though police believe it is still in the UK.’
      • ‘At the Black Bull the liquid refreshment was welcome though the food was unexciting.’
      • ‘These stories could have come from any of the tabloids from the last few weeks, though actually they belong to the distant past.’
      • ‘It had occupied a favourable, though unenviable, position at the crux of two world wars.’
      • ‘The order was obeyed despite there being no authority - though by then it was too late.’
      • ‘Two bombs hit the ship, neither of which exploded, though one man died in the raid.’
      • ‘Mrs Evans was not present at the inquest, though other members of Mr Evans' family were.’
      • ‘The Japanese still have a chance of qualifying, though they need at least another goal.’
      • ‘Installing the software is a trifle, though using it isn't immediately a piece of cake.’
      • ‘The route is a combination of moorland tracks and field paths though no great climbs are involved.’
      • ‘He tried it in a local chalk pit where he usually rode and was pleased with it, though he found brake problems.’
      although, even if, even though, in spite of the fact that, despite the fact that, notwithstanding the fact that, notwithstanding that, for all that, while, whilst, granted that, even supposing, despite the possibility that, albeit, however, yet, but
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  • However (indicating that a factor qualifies or imposes restrictions on what was said previously)

    ‘I was hunting for work. Jobs were scarce though’
    • ‘They should, though, be given all the facts and helped in the decision, so that it can be the right one.’
    • ‘His performance was remarkable, though, given that he was playing through the pain barrier.’
    • ‘I thought there must be more to the job than this, though, so I asked Sylvia her opinion.’
    • ‘Later though, in the gathering gloom, the city's bars and restaurants come to life.’
    • ‘All this though doesn't change the fact that my rent will always be dead money.’
    • ‘Apart from that, though, the only permanent legacy of her illness is the operation scar.’
    • ‘In the end though the mechanics weren't right for it to progress beyond the competition.’
    • ‘Much of it, though, is thought to be the work of a small number of individuals.’
    • ‘Despite that though, this is one of the strongest batches of episodes produced to date.’
    • ‘Harry decided that I should suffer for it, though, and suffer for as long as possible.’
    • ‘Sadly though, it needs more than trees and seasonal Christmas lights to redeem this area.’
    • ‘I wish them all the best though, and fully appreciate the time and effort they put in.’
    • ‘The service is not slow though, we get a jug of iced water right away and a young waiter soon arrives to take our order.’
    • ‘In these opening weeks of the season, though, he will remain a figure of possibility.’
    • ‘It's a fact, though, that ageism is rampant right the way through our institutions.’
    • ‘The fact that she is a woman, though, will surely influence the way she does the job.’
    • ‘At the moment it's not really possible to say what this will look like though.’
    • ‘We're not there yet though, despite what some people in the media seem to think.’
    • ‘Miraculously though, Shirley escaped with only cuts and bruises and a broken arm.’
    • ‘Now, though, most of the company's food and clothing stock is delivered on a daily basis.’
    nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, be that as it may, for all that, in spite of everything, in spite of that, despite everything, despite that, after everything, having said that, just the same, all the same, at the same time, in any event, come what may, at any rate, notwithstanding, regardless, anyway, anyhow
    still and all
    howbeit, withal, natheless
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On the differences in use between though and although, see although


Old English thēah, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German doch; superseded in Middle English by forms from Old Norse thó, thau.