[ thik ]
/ θɪk /
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adjective, thick·er, thick·est.
having relatively great extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thin: a thick slice.
measured, as specified, between opposite surfaces, from top to bottom, or in a direction perpendicular to that of the length and breadth; (of a solid having three general dimensions) measured across its smallest dimension: a board one inch thick.
composed of or containing objects, particles, etc., close together; dense: a thick fog;a thick forest.
filled, covered, or abounding (usually followed by with): tables thick with dust.
husky or hoarse; not distinctly articulated: The patient's speech is still quite thick.
markedly so (as specified): a thick German accent.
deep or profound: thick darkness.
(of a liquid) heavy or viscous:a thick syrup.
Informal. close in friendship; intimate.
disagreeably excessive or exaggerated: They thought it a bit thick when he called himself a genius.
adverb, thick·er, thick·est.
in a thick manner.
close together; closely packed: The roses grew thick along the path.
in a manner to produce something thick: Slice the cheese thick.
the thickest, densest, or most crowded part: in the thick of the fight.
OTHER WORDS FOR thick
6 strong, pronounced, decided.
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Idioms about thick
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
First recorded before 900; (adjective and adverb) Middle English thikke, Old English thicce; cognate with Dutch dik, German dick; akin to Old Norse thykkr (noun) Middle English, derivative of the adj.
OTHER WORDS FROM thick
thickish, adjectivethickly, adverbo·ver·thick, adjectiveo·ver·thick·ly, adverb
o·ver·thick·ness, nounsu·per·thick, adjectiveun·thick, adjectiveun·thick·ly, adverbun·thick·ness, noun
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How to use thick in a sentence
The natural thicks and thins of the letters (see p. 44) may then be produced easily and quickly.
They are generally rather more legible than the incised letters, and the difference between thicks and thins tends to disappear.
British Dictionary definitions for thick
/ (θɪk) /
of relatively great extent from one surface to the other; fat, broad, or deepa thick slice of bread
- (postpositive) of specific fatnessten centimetres thick
- (in combination)a six-inch-thick wall
having a relatively dense consistency; not transparentthick soup
abundantly covered or filleda piano thick with dust
impenetrable; densea thick fog
stupid, slow, or insensitivea thick person
throaty or badly articulateda voice thick with emotion
(of accents, etc) pronounced
informal very friendly (esp in the phrase thick as thieves)
a bit thick British unfair or excessive
a thick ear informal a blow on the ear delivered as punishment, in anger, etc
in order to produce something thickto slice bread thick
profusely; in quick succession (esp in the phrase thick and fast)
lay it on thick informal
- to exaggerate a story, statement, etc
- to flatter excessively
a thick piece or part
the thick the busiest or most intense part
through thick and thin in good times and bad
Derived forms of thickthickish, adjectivethickly, adverb
Word Origin for thick
Old English thicce; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thikki, Old Norse thykkr
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Other Idioms and Phrases with thick
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
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