Origin of thinner1
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 thinnerfragile, 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 thinner
Contemporary Examples of thinner
Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term.Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail
December 30, 2014
By comparison, Let Me Be Frank With You—as one meaning of the title suggests—is direct and thinner.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Like thinner and translucent for summer and warmer for winter.Tatiana Sorokko Is the Queen of Vintage Couture
October 8, 2014
And in expected Apple fashion, the phones are thinner and faster than ever before.Bigger, Bolder, and Better Than Ever: Steve Jobs Would Be Proud of Today's Apple
September 9, 2014
Like many young girls, Flores used to idealize a thinner body.Penthouse Forum’s Kelly Shibari and the Rise of Plus-Size Porn Stars
May 3, 2014
Historical Examples of thinner
She was thin, thinner than ever, and stiff as if she had withered.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
This triangle they filled with a thinner stone carved with two lions.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
You are thinner than a grasshopper, and you won't make it any heavier.
I thought I looked ugly, and it seemed to me I was thinner than ever and not so tall.
She grew thinner and thinner, till at last nothing was left of her but her voice.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
adjective thinner or thinnest
verb thins, thinning or thinned
Word Origin for thin
liquid used to dilute paint, ink, etc., 1904, agent noun from thin (v.).
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