adjective, thin·ner, thin·nest.
verb (used with object), thinned, thin·ning.
verb (used without object), thinned, thin·ning.
- thin as a rail,
- thin client,
- thin edge of the wedge,
- thin film,
- thin on top
Origin of thin
Examples from the Web for 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.
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|Rebecca Benhamou|March 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“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|Isabel Wilkinson|April 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The imperative of thinness in our culture is not based on science, and it causes a lot of pain.
It appears to me that this thinness cannot be used as an argument.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume 1|Francis Maitland Balfour
Size is particularly desired with this species, but thinness of shell counts high.Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Second Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
Not the thinness of emaciation, but that of bodily structure.The Galaxy Primes|Edward Elmer Smith
It was absolutely without expression: it had not even, despite its thinness, one salient feature.The Parisians, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
It isn't only thinness; these exercises keep you young and well and active in mind.Once a Week|Alan Alexander Milne
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