- executed without negligence or omissions: a thorough search.
- complete; perfect; utter: thorough enjoyment.
- extremely attentive to accuracy and detail; painstaking: a thorough worker; a thorough analysis.
- having full command or mastery of an art, talent, etc.: a thorough actress.
- extending or passing through.
- Archaic. through.
- (initial capital letter) English History. the administrative policies of the Earl of Stafford and Archbishop Laud during the reign of Charles I: so called because they were uncompromisingly carried out.
- carried out completely and carefullya thorough search
- (prenominal) uttera thorough bore
- painstakingly carefulmy work is thorough
- thoroughgoing policy, as adopted in England by Strafford and Laud during the reign of Charles I
adj.late 15c., adjectival use of Old English þuruh (adv.) “from end to end, from side to side,” stressed variant of þurh (adv., prep.); see through. Related: thoroughly (c.1300).