adjective, thin·ner, thin·nest.
verb (used with object), thinned, thin·ning.
verb (used without object), thinned, thin·ning.
Origin of thin
Synonyms for thin
Related Words for thinfragile, slim, lean, meager, gaunt, delicate, small, skinny, narrow, wispy, flimsy, translucent, paper-thin, poor, flat, shallow, sparse, thick, transparent, skimpy
Examples from the Web for thin
Contemporary Examples of 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?
January 7, 2015
“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
December 20, 2014
Cheney is relying on some thin evidence to tie Hussein to al-Qaida.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
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
December 10, 2014
Sweat poured from underneath his helmet and down the thin points of his sandy blond hair.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
Historical Examples of thin
The thin examiner held the high office of deacon of the church.
His voice was thin, but it kept that line of hands high above their heads.Way of the Lawless
He took it up and tried to read, but the print swam into thin, black smudges.Viviette
William J. Locke
"Rose campion," she said, parting the stems with her long, thin fingers.
She was thin, thinner than ever, and stiff as if she had withered.
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