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
Examples from the Web for thinning
Over his thinning dark hair and fleshy cheeks, he pulls a brown ski mask.The Stacks: The Searing Story of How Murder Stalked a Tiny New York Town|E. Jean Carroll|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The fear is that thinning the blood further might promote more bleeding rather than decrease the risk of clot enlargement.
His hair is a thinning silver brillo pad, and his belly juts forward from beneath his suit jacket.Elias Khoury: Profile of the Essential Arab Novelist Today|Jacob Silverman|August 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Behind-the-scenes strong-arming is the traditional means of thinning the herd.
In the letter, Boxer cited the leak, as well as the unexpected wear and thinning of the steam-generator tubes.Latest Accident at San Onofre Nuclear Plant Worries Activists, Residents|Jamie Reno|February 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He put both hands into his hair, but he drew them out immediately without retaining any of the thinning gray locks.The Drums Of Jeopardy|Harold MacGrath
Berberis stenophylla gains in beauty by severe pruning, thinning out and cutting back after flowering is over.Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens|Ernest Thomas Cook
But he sent no call for help, and soon went out of sight in the thinning fog as the boat sailed away.The Grain Ship|Morgan Robertson
The sky showed shapeless spots of light where the clouds were thinning.The Trail of Conflict|Emilie Baker Loring
It comes by the lifting and thinning of the clouds that way till we are bathed in a pink light.A Changed Man and Other Tales|Thomas Hardy
British Dictionary definitions for thinning
adjective thinner or thinnest
verb thins, thinning or thinned
Derived Formsthinly, adverbthinness, noun
Word Origin for thin
Idioms and Phrases with 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