- having relatively little extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thick: thin ice.
- of small cross section in comparison with the length; slender: a thin wire.
- having little flesh; spare; lean: a thin man.
- composed of or containing objects, particles, etc., widely separated; sparse: thin vegetation.
- scant; not abundant or plentiful.
- of relatively slight consistency or viscosity: thin soup.
- rarefied, as air.
- without solidity or substance; flimsy: a very thin plot for such a long book.
- lacking fullness or volume; weak and shrill: a thin voice.
- without force or a sincere effort: a thin smile.
- lacking body, richness, or strength: a thin wine.
- lacking in chroma; of light tint.
- Photography. (of a developed negative) lacking in density or contrast through underdevelopment or underexposure.
- in a thin manner.
- sparsely; not densely.
- so as to produce something thin: Slice the ham thin.
- to make thin or thinner (often followed by down, out, etc.).
- to become thin or thinner; become reduced or diminished (often followed by down, out, off, etc.): The crowd is thinning out.
Origin of thin
SynonymsSee more synonyms for thin on Thesaurus.com
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?
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“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
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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
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Sweat poured from underneath his helmet and down the thin points of his sandy blond hair.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
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
"Rose campion," she said, parting the stems with her long, thin fingers.
He took it up and tried to read, but the print swam into thin, black smudges.Viviette
William J. Locke
She was thin, thinner than ever, and stiff as if she had withered.
- of relatively small extent from one side or surface to the other; fine or narrow
- slim or lean
- sparsely placed; meagrethin hair
- of relatively low density or viscositya thin liquid
- weak; poor; insufficienta thin disguise
- (of a photographic negative) having low density, usually insufficient to produce a satisfactory positive
- mountaineering a climb or pitch on which the holds are few and small
- thin on the ground few in number; scarce
- in order to produce something thinto cut bread thin
- to make or become thin or sparse
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with thin
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