thatching

[thach-ing]
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noun


Nearby words

  1. thatch, edward,
  2. thatched,
  3. thatcher,
  4. thatcher, margaret,
  5. thatcherism,
  6. thaub,
  7. thaught,
  8. thaumato-,
  9. thaumatology,
  10. thaumatrope

Origin of thatching

1350–1400; Middle English thecchyng. See thatch, ing1

thatch

[thach]

noun

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.

Origin of thatch

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 formsthatch·less, adjectivethatch·y, adjectivere·thatch, verb (used with object)

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British Dictionary definitions for thatching

thatch

noun

  1. Also called: thatchinga 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

verb

to cover (a roof) with thatch
Derived Formsthatcher, nounthatchless, adjectivethatchy, adjective

Word Origin for thatch

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
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