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 thinnessemaciation, leanness, slenderness, gauntness, delicacy, inadequacy, rarity, scantiness, meagerness, fineness, shallowness, sparseness, spareness, tenuity, subtilty
Examples from the Web for thinness
Contemporary Examples of thinness
Because of the thinness of the air, there is a very tight margin between the correct and incorrect airspeeds, as little as 50 mph.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Lecallier explains that the ideal of thinness in fashion modeling is not as recent as one might expect.‘Mannequin, le Corps de la Mode’ (‘Models’ Bodies : The Crux of Fashion’) Exhibition in Paris
March 2, 2013
“Some patients have their own peer group which reinforces their quest for thinness,” she says.Pro-Anorexia, Thinspirational Images on Pinterest: Threat of Self-Harm
April 2, 2012
The imperative of thinness in our culture is not based on science, and it causes a lot of pain.'Fat Studies' Go to College
November 3, 2010
Historical Examples of thinness
They had always jeered at me for my thinness, and in this dress I looked like an English tea-pot.My Double Life
He hurried on lest she should call satiric attention to its thinness.The Prisoner
This man was evil, not with the grossness of a debauchee but with the thinness of the devotee.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
As I buttoned it at her throat I marvelled at the thinness of her, and at the delicacy of her face.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Where else is there anything like it, for sincerity and for thinness?Epic and Romance
W. P. Ker
adjective thinner or thinnest
verb thins, thinning or thinned
Word Origin for thin
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