- Also thatching. a material, as straw, rushes, leaves, or the like, used to cover roofs, grain stacks, etc.
- a covering of such a material.
- the leaves of various palms that are used for thatching.
- something resembling thatch on a roof, especially thick hair covering the head: a thatch of unruly red hair.
- Horticulture. a tightly bound layer of dead grass, including leaves, stems, and roots, that builds up on the soil surface at the base of the living grass of a lawn.
- to cover with or as if with thatch.
- Horticulture. to remove thatch from (a lawn); dethatch.
Origin of thatch
- Edward. Teach, Edward.
Examples from the Web for thatch
Always used of the gable loft, you know, and the wind above the thatch.The Manxman
Henry has often been on the thatch of the barn and never got hurt.The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
I've seen them set fire to the thatch of the widow and childless.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The same, the very same it is, save that the thatch has been renewed!St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
Thatch well sodden with winter's rain does not blaze or crackle.Two Sides of the Face
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- Also called: thatchinga roofing material that consists of straw, reed, etc
- a roof made of such a material
- anything resembling this, such as the hair of the head
- Also called: thatch palm any of various palms with leaves suitable for thatching
- to cover (a roof) with thatch
Word Origin and History for thatch
Old English þeccan "to cover," related to þæc "roof, thatching material," from Proto-Germanic *thakan (cf. Old Saxon thekkian, Old Norse þekja, Old Frisian thekka, Middle Dutch decken, Old High German decchen, German decken "to cover"), from PIE *(s)tog-/*(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus).
Old English þæc "roof, thatch," from the source of thatch (v.). Cf. Old Norse þak, Old Frisian thek, Middle Dutch dak "roof," Old High German dah, German Dach "roof."