- thinking cap,
- thinking through,
- thio acid
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
Examples from the Web for thinner
Diets not only fail to make us thinner, they also fail to make us healthier in the long term.
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|Tom LeClair|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like thinner and translucent for summer and warmer for winter.
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|Kyle Chayka|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Like many young girls, Flores used to idealize a thinner body.Penthouse Forum’s Kelly Shibari and the Rise of Plus-Size Porn Stars|Aurora Snow|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They had drifted from the outskirts of the crowded table and found themselves in the thinner crowd of saunterers.Septimus|William J. Locke
And as the water weeds he ate did not agree with him, he got thinner and thinner, and at last he died.
With two holes for blowing and for modulating the sound, perforated towards the thinner end.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)|Carl Engel
And the child was the same, with a fever that consumed his little body, which grew thinner and thinner.The Cabin|Vicente Blasco Ibez
The fog was getting thicker instead of thinner and it was impossible to see anything like a sign post.The Campfire Girls Go Motoring|Hildegard G. Frey
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