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See also: thốt, thớt, and tho't


Etymology 1

From Scots thoucht, thocht, thoth, from Middle English thought, thouȝth, þauȝt, þauȝth, a variant (probably through combination with that, as in though that) of though, thogh (though). More at though.


thot (not comparable)

  1. (Scotland, obsolete) Alternative form of though.
    • 1568, Christis Kirk on Grene, section 266:
      Thot he wes wicht he wes not wyss.



  1. (Scotland, obsolete) Alternative form of though.

Etymology 2

Variant of thought (q.v.) first attested in Scots c. 16th century but since spread through all English dialects.


thot (plural thots)

  1. Nonstandard form of thought.
    • 1611, William Mure, Miscellaneous Poems, ii, line 13:
      Perceauing me in thot perplex'd.
    • 1742 Edmund S. Morgan, The Gentle Puritan: A Life of Ezra Stiles, 1727-1795
      much beset with wicked thots saturday night



  1. Nonstandard form of thought, simple past and past participle of think
    • 2006 July 27, KS, “Permanent Resident Card Renewal”, in misc.immigration.canada[1] (Usenet):
      Sorry if u thot i was being rude just bcoz i typed in Caps. I was just trying to make myself clear.

Etymology 3

Supposedly an acronym of that ho over there, or acronym of thirsty hoes over there popularized by rappers in Chicago in 2012.[1] (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “Additional sources please: these sound like fake folk etymologies.”)

Alternative forms



thot (plural thots)

  1. (US, derogatory slang) A slut, a woman who is sexually promiscuous.
    • 2014 June 23, Amanda Marcotte, “Let's Put an End to 'THOT': The Misogynistic Phrase That's Sweeping the Nation”, in The Daily Beast:
      ...the appearance of the word “thot” in the whole mess shows how much it’s morphed into the same kind of word as “slut”—a catch-all way to put any woman in her place by suggesting that she’s somehow too sexual. But, of course, it’s a game women can’t win, because if you’re not obviously sexual enough to be called a “thot,” then you’re simply going to be disparaged for failing to be sexy enough.
    • 2017 May 8, Roy Wood Jr., “State of Black Shit”, in The Daily Show:
      That's why we're counting on you, Black Twitter, to continue the innovations in the field of slang. Never has black slang been appropriated so quickly. The other day, I heard two middle-aged white dudes calling each other thots. That word is gone.
    • 2018 May 25, Samantha Cole, “Pewdiepie Is Teaching His Audience that Women Are Asking For It”, in Motherboard:
      While Kjellberg struggled to keep his eyes off their chests, he "jokingly" called women in the video “stupid Twitch thots,” a derogatory term for women that stands for “that ho [whore] over there.”
Derived terms


  1. ^ thot”, in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.