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[thach-ing] /ˈθætʃ ɪŋ/
thatch (def 1).
Origin of thatching
1350-1400; Middle English thecchyng. See thatch, ing1


[thach] /θætʃ/
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.
verb (used with object)
to cover with or as if with thatch.
Horticulture. to remove thatch from (a lawn); dethatch.
before 900; (v.) Middle English thacchen, variant (with a from thak > dial. thack) of thecchen, Old English theccan to cover, hide; cognate with Dutch dekken (see deck), German decken, Old Norse thekja; (noun) Middle English thacche, variant (with ch from the v.) of thak
Related forms
thatchless, adjective
thatchy, adjective
rethatch, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for thatching
Historical Examples
  • In the stack-yard, behind the lengthy range of stables, two men were thatching.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • They have a quaint device of thatching in Devon, quoth Jack Straw.

    Long Will Florence Converse
  • The leaves are used mainly for thatching, but also for bags, hats, and handicrafts.

  • In winter such a thatching If covered with snow supplies a warm shelter.

    Touring Afoot Claude Powell Fordyce
  • I be a thatcher, and thatching to-the-truth-of-music is about done for.

    Thomas Hardy's Dorset Robert Thurston Hopkins
  • The roof was composed of a sort of thatching made of weeds and moss.

  • Where's the thatching the thatcher of Thatchwood has thatch'd?

  • Before the thatching begins, there are laths to put upon the rafters.

    Cottage Economy

    William Cobbett
  • The leaves are used to make baskets and brooms, and for thatching the huts.

    Adventures in the Philippine Islands Paul P. de La Gironire
  • thatching is done by piece-work, and paid at so much a "square" of ten by ten feet.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
British Dictionary definitions for thatching


  1. Also called thatching. a roofing material that consists of straw, reed, etc
  2. 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
Derived Forms
thatcher, noun
thatchless, adjective
thatchy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English theccan to cover; related to thæc roof, Old Saxon thekkian to thatch, Old High German decchen, Old Norse thekja
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Word Origin and History for thatching



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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for thatching



Pubic hair: love to get under her thatch (1933+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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