Simple Definition of thing
: an object whose name is not known or stated
: an object, animal, quality, etc., of any kind
: a particular event, occurrence, or situation
Full Definition of thing
1a : a matter of concern : affair <many things to do>b plural : state of affairs in general or within a specified or implied sphere <things are improving>c : a particular state of affairs : situation <look at this thing another way>d : event, circumstance <that shooting was a terrible thing>
3a : a separate and distinct individual quality, fact, idea, or usually entityb : the concrete entity as distinguished from its appearancesc : a spatial entityd : an inanimate object distinguished from a living being
4a plural : possessions, effects <pack your things>b : whatever may be possessed or owned or be the object of a rightc : an article of clothing <not a thing to wear>d plural : equipment or utensils especially for a particular purpose <bring the tea things>
5 : an object or entity not precisely designated or capable of being designated <use this thing>
8 : individual <not a living thing in sight>
Examples of thing
What is that thing on the floor?
He is good at making things out of clay.
My doctor told me to avoid fatty things like donuts and potato chips.
We must respect all living things.
Birth is a miraculous thing.
It was the worst thing that could have happened.
That sunset was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.
Let's just forget about the whole thing and move on.
The one thing I hate most is being lied to.
Are all your things packed?
Origin of thing
Middle English, from Old English, thing, assembly; akin to Old High German ding thing, assembly, Gothic theihs time
First Known Use: before 12th century
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