Definitions for thoroughˈθɜr oʊ, ˈθʌr oʊ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

thor•oughˈθɜr oʊ, ˈθʌr oʊ(adj.)

  1. executed without negligence or omissions:

    a thorough search.

  2. complete; perfect; utter:

    thorough enjoyment.

  3. extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking:

    a thorough worker.

  4. having full command or mastery of an art, talent, etc.

  5. extending or passing through.

  6. (prep.)Archaic. through.

Origin of thorough:

bef. 900; ME; OE thuruh, var. of thurhthrough


Princeton's WordNet

  1. thorough(adj)

    painstakingly careful and accurate

    "our accountant is thorough"; "thorough research"

  2. exhaustive, thorough, thoroughgoing(adj)

    performed comprehensively and completely

    "an exhaustive study"; "made a thorough search"; "thoroughgoing research"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thorough(adjective)ˈθɜr oʊ, ˈθʌr oʊ

    paying careful attention to every detail

    a thorough search of the house; The research was very thorough.; a reporter who is thorough and fair

  2. thoroughˈθɜr oʊ, ˈθʌr oʊ

    complete or total

    I've made a thorough mess of my life.; Clean the inside thoroughly.; I was thoroughly disgusted with her actions.; the thoroughness of their investigation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thorough


  2. Thorough(adj)

    passing through; as, thorough lights in a house

  3. Thorough(adj)

    passing through or to the end; hence, complete; perfect; as, a thorough reformation; thorough work; a thorough translator; a thorough poet

  4. Thorough(adverb)


  5. Thorough(adverb)


  6. Thorough(noun)

    a furrow between two ridges, to drain off the surface water


  1. Thorough

    In 17th century England, Thorough was a name given by Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford to a scheme of his to establish absolute monarchy in England. Although "Thorough" is largely attributed to Strafford, its implementation can also be accredited to the Archbishop of Canterbury William Laud.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Thorough

    name given by the Earl of Strafford (q. v.) to a scheme of his to establish absolute monarchy in England.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thorough' in Adjectives Frequency: #963

Translations for thorough

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of a person) very careful; attending to every detail

a thorough worker.

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