- 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
Examples from the Web for thatched
Its progress was aided no end by this terrifying (but only in retrospect) fact: the classrooms had thatched roofs.India’s Most Dangerous Meal: The Poisoned-Lunch Disaster
July 18, 2013
We did look alike, with our nearly identical short, thatched, and blond-streaked hair, our high cheekbones and strong chins.Geraldine Ferraro Dies: Memories of Her 1984 Campaign
March 26, 2011
The grand structures are made of thatched grass and local lava stones.Eco-Chic Safari
July 27, 2010
He was hard at work in putting a thatched roof on a hut which he had built.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
It was a story-and-a-half-high structure, thatched with straw.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
She pointed to the trees which thatched the slopes of the hills.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
For where before it had a thatched hide, Now to a stately theatre is turn'd.Shakespearean Playhouses
Joseph Quincy Adams
Attempts were made to burn the thatched roofs of the pueblo.South American Fights and Fighters
Cyrus Townsend Brady
- 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 thatched
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."