thank

[ thangk ]
/ θæŋk /

verb (used with object)

to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to: She thanked them for their hospitality.

noun

Usually thanks. a grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit, favor, or the like, expressed by words or otherwise: to return a borrowed book with thanks.

interjection

thanks, (used as an informal expression of gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment).

Idioms

Origin of thank

before 900; (noun) Middle English: favorable thought, goodwill, gratitude, (in singular and plural) expression of thanks; Old English thanc (in singular) expression of thanks, orig., thought, thoughtfulness; (v.) Middle English thanken, Old English thancian (cognate with Dutch, German danken); akin to think1
Related formsthank·er, nounre·thank, verb (used with object)un·thanked, adjectiveun·thank·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for thank

thank

/ (θæŋk) /

verb (tr)

to convey feelings of gratitude to
to hold responsiblehe has his creditors to thank for his bankruptcy
used in exclamations of reliefthank goodness; thank God
I'll thank you to used ironically to intensify a command, request, etcI'll thank you to mind your own business

Word Origin for thank

Old English thancian; related to Old Frisian thankia, Old Norse thakka, Old Saxon, Old High German thancōn
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Word Origin and History for thank

thank


v.

Old English þancian "to give thanks," from Proto-Germanic *thankojan (cf. Old Saxon thancon, Old Norse þakka, Danish takke, Old Frisian thankia, Middle Dutch, German danken "to thank"), from *thankoz "thought, gratitude," from PIE root *tong- "to think, feel." For sense evolution, cf. related Old English noun þanc, þonc, originally "thought," but by c.1000 "good thoughts, gratitude." The whole group is from the same root as think (q.v.). In ironical use, "to blame," from 1550s. To thank (someone) for nothing is recorded from 1703. Related: Thanked; thanking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with thank

thank


In addition to the idioms beginning with thank

  • thank God
  • thank one's lucky stars
  • thanks to

also see:

  • give thanks for small blessings
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