adjective, thin·ner, thin·nest.
verb (used with object), thinned, thin·ning.
verb (used without object), thinned, thin·ning.
- thin as a rail,
- thin client,
- thin edge of the wedge,
- thin film,
- thin on top
Origin of thin
Examples from the Web for thin
Also, she was tall and thin, too, further adding to the ways she met the physical beauty conventions.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“I like decorating my slaves,” she said, referencing the rope, her thin, crimson-coated lips peeling off her front teeth.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau|Ian Frisch|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cheney is relying on some thin evidence to tie Hussein to al-Qaida.
They were done to give a thin patina of ersatz legitimacy to what is otherwise flagrant sexual assault.‘Rectal Feeding’ Has Nothing to Do with Nutrition, Everything to Do with Torture|Russell Saunders|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sweat poured from underneath his helmet and down the thin points of his sandy blond hair.
His brother Olaf was a tall, thin man; handsome in countenance; lively, modest, and popular.Heimskringla|Snorri Sturlason
Its petals are loose and thin, and of a pale primrose colour, and before it is fully out it is at its best.A Year in a Lancashire Garden|Henry Arthur Bright
The door is a frame of thin strips of wood neatly thatched over.
She watched the thin paper curl and smolder among the smoking embers of last night's blaze.The Best Short Stories of 1920|Various
Our horses were so exhausted and thin that on their bones we could have hung our overcoats.Beasts, Men and Gods|Ferdinand Ossendowski
adjective thinner or thinnest
verb thins, thinning or thinned
Word Origin for thin
Old English þynne "narrow, lean, scanty," from Proto-Germanic *thunnuz, *thunw- (cf. West Frisian ten, Middle Low German dunne, Dutch dun, Old High German dunni, German dünn, Old Norse þunnr), from PIE *tnus-, *tnwi-, from weak grade of root *ten- "stretch" (cf. Latin tenuis "thin, slender;" see tenet).
These our actors ... were all Spirits, and Are melted into Ayre, into thin Ayre. [Shakespeare, "The Tempest," IV.i.150, 1610]
Thin-skinned is attested from 1590s; the figurative sense of "touchy" is from 1670s.
Old English þynnian "to make thin" (cf. German dünnen, Dutch dunnen), from thin (adj.). Intransitive sense of "to become less numerous" is attested from 1743; that of "to become thinner" is recorded from 1804. Related: Thinned; thinning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with thin
- thin as a rail
- thin edge of the wedge
- thing or two
- things are looking up
- thin on top
- into thin air
- on thin ice
- spread oneself too thin
- through thick and thin
- wear thin