- ten hundred; 1,000; M
- an indefinite but very large number: a hyperbolic use
Origin: Middle English thusend from OE, akin to German tausend from Proto-Germanic an unverified form thus-hundi, “many hundred” from Indo-European base an unverified form tēu-, to swell, increase plush Proto-Germanic an unverified form hund-, hundred
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Origin: Middle English, from Old English thūsend; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
- thouˈsand adjective & pron.