thick

[ thik ]
/ θɪk /

adjective, thick·er, thick·est.

adverb, thick·er, thick·est.

noun

the thickest, densest, or most crowded part: in the thick of the fight.

Idioms

    lay it on thick, Informal. to praise excessively; flatter: He's laying it on thick because he wants you to do him a favor.
    through thick and thin, under favorable and unfavorable conditions; steadfastly: We have been friends for 20 years, through thick and thin.

Origin of thick

before 900; (adj. and adv.) Middle English thikke, Old English thicce; cognate with Dutch dik, German dick; akin to Old Norse thykkr (noun) Middle English, derivative of the adj.
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British Dictionary definitions for thicks

thick

/ (θɪk) /

adjective

adverb

noun

Derived Formsthickish, adjectivethickly, adverb

Word Origin for thick

Old English thicce; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thikki, Old Norse thykkr
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Word Origin and History for thicks

thick


adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for thicks

thick

[ thĭk ]

adj.

adv.

In a close, compact state or arrangement; densely.
In a thick manner; deeply or heavily.

n.

The most active or intense part.
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Idioms and Phrases with thicks

thick


In addition to the idioms beginning with thick

  • thick and fast
  • thick and thin
  • thick as thieves
  • thick skin

also see:

  • blood is thicker than water
  • lay it on thick
  • plot thickens
  • through thick and thin
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