adjective, thick·er, thick·est.
adverb, thick·er, thick·est.
Origin of thick
Synonyms for thick
Related Words for thickestheavy, wide, broad, hard, fat, chunky, massive, impenetrable, opaque, stiff, deep, gooey, syrupy, tight, abundant, dense, full, dull, muddy, soupy
Examples from the Web for thickest
Contemporary Examples of thickest
This involves “finding out who has the thickest skin to take on Democrats in the fall,” he says.On to South Carolina: The Nastiest Primary State
January 11, 2012
Historical Examples of thickest
Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer.The Devil's Dictionary
When the attorney reached the spot where the crowd was thickest, way was made for him.The Gentleman From Indiana
Thereupon he reined his horse backward through the thickest of the crowd.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
It was thickest near the ground, being pumped from cylinders.
Nana and Pauline would stand for hours in the thickest part of the crowd.L'Assommoir
- (postpositive)of specific fatnessten centimetres thick
- (in combination)a six-inch-thick wall
- to exaggerate a story, statement, etc
- to flatter excessively
Word Origin for thick
Old English þicce "not thin, dense," from Proto-Germanic *theku-, *thekwia- (cf. Old Saxon thikki, Old High German dicchi, German dick, Old Norse þykkr, Old Frisian thikke), from PIE *tegu- "thick" (cf. Gaelic tiugh).
Secondary Old English sense of "close together" is preserved in thickset and proverbial phrase thick as thieves (1833). Meaning "stupid" is first recorded 1590s. Phrase thick and thin is in Chaucer (late 14c.); thick-skinned is attested from 1540s; in figurative sense from c.1600. To be in the thick of some action, etc., "to be at the most intense moment" is from 1680s, from a Middle English noun sense.
In addition to the idioms beginning with thick
- thick and fast
- thick and thin
- thick as thieves
- thick skin
- blood is thicker than water
- lay it on thick
- plot thickens
- through thick and thin