thing

1
[ thing ]
/ θɪŋ /

noun

Idioms

Origin of thing

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

Definition for thing (2 of 2)

thing

2
[ thing, ting ]
/ θɪŋ, tɪŋ /

noun

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

Origin of thing

2
1830–40; < Old Norse: assembly; cognate with thing1, Dutch ding, German Ding thing, orig., meeting; akin to Gothic theihs time
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British Dictionary definitions for thing (1 of 2)

thing

1
/ (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)

thing

2
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with thing

thing


In addition to the idiom beginning with thing

  • thing or two
  • things are looking up

also see:

  • all the rage (thing)
  • all things to all men
  • amount to the same thing
  • do one's thing
  • first thing
  • first things first
  • for one (thing)
  • get (a thing) going
  • get into the swing of things
  • greatest thing since sliced bread
  • have a good thing going
  • have a thing about
  • just one of those things
  • know all the answers (a thing or two)
  • little knowledge is a dangerous thing
  • near thing
  • no such thing
  • not know beans (the first thing)
  • of all things
  • other things being equal
  • seeing things
  • sure thing
  • the latest (thing)
  • the thing
  • the thing is
  • too much of a good thing
  • very thing
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