- thruis an informal variant of through in AmE and in varieties influenced by it:
• When she was little, and had stuttered thru a sentence —Black World, 1971
• Luckily he let me thru and we continued out —weblog, AusE 2005 [OEC].It is used more formally in the term thruway, meaning ‘an expressway’.
Modern English usage. 2014.
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Thru — Thru, prep., adv. & a. Through. [Ref. spelling.] [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
thru — thru; thru·put; … English syllables
thru — [θru:] adj, adv, prep AmE informal a short form of ↑through … Dictionary of contemporary English
thru — [ θru ] adverb, preposition an informal way of writing through. This is sometimes used in newspapers and very informal American writing, but it is not generally accepted in British English … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
thru — by 1839, altered (simplified) spelling of THROUGH (Cf. through) … Etymology dictionary
thru — (through) Î¸ruË by way of, until, by, via (accepted abbreviation in the USA) … English contemporary dictionary
thru — [thro͞o] prep., adv., adj. informal sp. of THROUGH … English World dictionary
THRU — US var. of THROUGH. * * * thru [thru] ; (NAmE, informal) = ↑through prep … Useful english dictionary
thru' — also thru Thru is sometimes used a written abbreviation for through. [mainly AM] … English dictionary
thru — [[t]θru[/t]] prep. adv. adj. through • usage: The spelling thru advocated for over a century by various spelling reform groups, is now used chiefly informally or in headlines or signs. However, some periodicals use thru as a standard variant,… … From formal English to slang