- 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)
- the true femoral region that is hidden by the skin or feathers of the body.
- the segment below, containing the fibula and tibia.
- Entomology. the femur.
Origin of thigh
Examples from the Web for thigh
One guy took a horn in the thigh, suffering a baseball-sized contusion.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
A "thigh gap" and/or "bikini bridge" are practically a free ticket to nakedville.Hate Lena Dunham's Naked Body On 'Girls?' Show Us Yours
Caitlin Dickson, Abby Haglage
January 10, 2014
Yet while the thigh gap was a very real body image issue, the bikini bridge may not be.
Isn't it hard enough dealing with the thigh gap, exposed collar bones, and skinny arm trends?
At first he didn't get the joke, but then he was slapping his thigh, poking his finger at his photographer.The Man Who Photographed the 20th Century’s Greatest Icons
December 16, 2013
Then, he smote his thigh with a blow strong enough to kill an ox.Within the Law
I saw him frown, and suddenly he slapped his thigh as a man does when thought overtakes him.The Trail Book
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.A Woman Intervenes
O foolish god, say they, and worthy to be born as you were of your father's thigh!The Praise of Folly
- the part of the leg between the hip and the knee in man
- the corresponding part in other vertebrates and insects
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."
- The part of the leg between the hip and the knee.femur