the part of the lower limb in humans between the hip and the knee.
the corresponding part of the hind limb of other animals; the femoral region.
(in birds)
  1. the true femoral region that is hidden by the skin or feathers of the body.
  2. the segment below, containing the fibula and tibia.
Entomology. the femur.

Origin of thigh

before 900; Middle English thi, thigh(e), the(h), Old English thīoh, thēoh; cognate with Dutch dij, Old High German dioh, Old Norse thjō Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for thigh

groin, femur, ham, flank, hock, loins, gammon

Examples from the Web for thigh

Contemporary Examples of thigh

Historical Examples of thigh

  • Then, he smote his thigh with a blow strong enough to kill an ox.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • I saw him frown, and suddenly he slapped his thigh as a man does when thought overtakes him.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • While you may get a man's character from his face, you can, if you will, get his past life from his thigh.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • He smote his hand against his thigh, while Kenyon looked at him in wonder.

  • O foolish god, say they, and worthy to be born as you were of your father's thigh!

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

British Dictionary definitions for thigh



the part of the leg between the hip and the knee in man
the corresponding part in other vertebrates and insects
Related formsRelated adjectives: crural, femoral

Word Origin for thigh

Old English thēh; related to Old Frisian thiāch, Old High German dioh thigh, Old Norse thjō buttock, Old Slavonic tyku fat
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Word Origin and History for thigh

Old English þeoh, þeh, from Proto-Germanic *theukhom (cf. Old Frisian thiach, Old Dutch thio, Dutch dij, Old Norse þjo, Old High German dioh), from PIE *teuk- from root *teu- "to swell" (cf. Lithuanian taukas, Old Church Slavonic tuku, Russian tuku "fat of animals;" Lithuanian tukti "to become fat;" Greek tylos "callus, lump," tymbos "burial mound, grave, tomb;" Old Irish ton "rump;" Latin tumere "to swell," tumulus "raised heap of earth," tumor "a swelling;" Middle Irish tomm "a small hill," Welsh tom "mound"). Thus thigh is literally "the thick or fat part of the leg."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

thigh in Medicine




The part of the leg between the hip and the knee.femur
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