thinner

1
[ thin-er ]
/ ˈθɪn ər /

noun

a volatile liquid, as turpentine, used to dilute paint, varnish, rubber cement, etc., to the desired or proper consistency.
a person who adds thinners to paints, varnishes, etc.
a person who specializes in weeding plants, pruning shrubbery, thinning fruit, etc.

Nearby words

  1. thinking cap,
  2. thinking through,
  3. thinkingly,
  4. thinkpiece,
  5. thinly,
  6. thinnish,
  7. thinspiration,
  8. thinspo,
  9. thio,
  10. thio acid

Origin of thinner

1
First recorded in 1825–35; thin + -er1

thinner

2
[ thin-er ]
/ ˈθɪn ər /

adjective

comparative of thin.

Origin of thin

before 900; (adj. and adv.) Middle English thyn(ne), Old English thynne; cognate with Dutch dun, German dünn, Old Norse thunnr; (v.) Middle English thynnen, Old English thynnian, derivative of the adj.; compare Middle Dutch dunnen, Old Norse thynna; akin to Old Irish tana, Latin tenuis thin, Greek tany- long

SYNONYMS FOR thin
3. slim, slender, skinny, lank, scrawny. Thin, gaunt, lean, spare agree in referring to one having little flesh. Thin applies often to one in an unnaturally reduced state, as from sickness, overwork, lack of food, or the like: a thin, dirty little waif. Gaunt suggests the angularity of bones prominently displayed in a thin face and body: to look ill and gaunt. Lean usually applies to a person or animal that is naturally thin: looking lean but healthy after an outdoor vacation. Spare implies a muscular leanness with no diminution of vitality: Lincoln was spare in body. 5. meager. 8. weak.

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British Dictionary definitions for thinner

thinner

/ (ˈθɪnə) /

noun

(often plural, functioning as singular) a solvent, such as turpentine, added to paint or varnish to dilute it, reduce its opacity or viscosity, or increase its penetration into the ground

thin

/ (θɪn) /

adjective thinner or thinnest

adverb

in order to produce something thinto cut bread thin

verb thins, thinning or thinned

to make or become thin or sparse
Derived Formsthinly, adverbthinness, noun

Word Origin for thin

Old English thynne; related to Old Frisian thenne, Old Saxon, Old High German thunni, Old Norse thunnr, Latin tenuis thin, Greek teinein to stretch

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Word Origin and History for thinner
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Idioms and Phrases with thinner

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

also see:

  • into thin air
  • on thin ice
  • spread oneself too thin
  • through thick and thin
  • wear thin
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