1 of 2


: in spite of the fact that : while
though they know the war is lost, they continue to fightBruce Bliven †1977
: in spite of the possibility that : even if
though I may fail, I will try


2 of 2


: however, nevertheless
It's hard work. I enjoy it though

Example Sentences

Conjunction Though it was raining, we went hiking. though it has no well-known actors in it, the movie has become the sleeper hit of the summer Adverb Even as late as 1492, all of North America, sub-Saharan Africa, Australia, New Guinea, and the Pacific islands, and most of Central and South America didn't have states and instead operated under simpler forms of societal organization (chiefdoms, tribes, and bands). Today, though, the whole world map is divided into states. Jared M. Diamond, New Yorker, 21 Apr. 21, 2008
I'd have thought the guy'd remember me and my car …  . He didn't act like it though Dagoberto Gilb, The Magic of Blood, 1993
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History


Conjunction and Adverb

Middle English, adverb & conjunction, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse thō nevertheless; akin to Old English thēah nevertheless, Old High German doh

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of though was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Though.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 conjunction
: in spite of the fact or possibility that
though it was raining, we went hiking


2 of 2 adverb
: however entry 2 sense 2, nevertheless
not for long, though

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