thousand definition by Webster's New World
- ten hundred; 1,000; M
- an indefinite but very large number: a hyperbolic use
Origin: Middle English thusend ; from Old English 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
thousand definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old English thūsend; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
- thouˈsand adjective & pron.