thorough

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English þuruh, a form of Old English þurh, whence comes through. The adjective derives from the preposition and adverb. The word developed a syllabic form in cases where the word was fully stressed: when it was used as an adverb, adjective, or noun, and less commonly when used as a preposition.

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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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Derived terms[edit]

Preposition[edit]

thorough

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

Noun[edit]

thorough (plural thoroughs)

  1. (Britain, dialect) A furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

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