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thing

1
[ thing ]
/ θɪŋ /
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noun
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Origin of thing

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English: originally, “meeting”; see thing2

Other definitions for thing (2 of 2)

thing2
[ thing, ting ]
/ θɪŋ, tɪŋ /

noun
(in Scandinavian countries) a public meeting or assembly, especially a legislative assembly or a court of law.Compare thingstead.
Also ting.

Origin of thing

2
First recorded in 1820–30; from Old Norse: “assembly, meeting”; cognate with thing1, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish ting, Dutch ding, German Ding “thing,” originally, “meeting”; akin to Gothic theihs “time”
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British Dictionary definitions for thing (1 of 2)

thing1
/ (θɪŋ) /

noun

Word Origin for thing

Old English thing assembly; related to Old Norse thing assembly, Old High German ding assembly

British Dictionary definitions for thing (2 of 2)

thing2
/ (θɪŋ, tɪŋ) /

noun
(often capital) a law court or public assembly in the Scandinavian countriesAlso: ting

Word Origin for thing

C19: from Old Norse thing assembly (the same word as thing 1)
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