thorough

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old English þuruh.

Alternative forms[edit]

Adjective[edit]

thorough (comparative more thorough, superlative most thorough)

  1. painstaking and careful not to miss or omit any detail
    The Prime Minister announced a thorough investigation into the death of a father of two in police custody.
    He is the most thorough worker I have ever seen.
    The infested house needs a thorough cleansing before it will be inhabitable.
  2. utter; complete; absolute
    It is a thorough pleasure to see him beg for mercy.
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Etymology 2[edit]

A disyllabic form of Old English þurh (through).

Preposition[edit]

thorough

  1. (obsolete) Through. [9th-19th c.]
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Noun[edit]

thorough (plural thoroughs)

  1. (UK, dialect) A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.
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