su·​per·​thin ˌsü-pər-ˈthin How to pronounce superthin (audio)
: extremely or excessively thin
… the emphasis on a superthin body type that makes eating disorders so common among dancers.Lee Aitken
The vapor condenses in a superthin layer, somewhat like ice crystals forming on a window pane.Jim Ritter

Examples of superthin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What had been forecast as a comfortable victory for Joe Biden ended up a squeaker in the Electoral College, with Biden prevailing by superthin margins in crucial swing states where polls had exaggerated his advantage. Wired, 16 July 2022 At the core of their sensor is a superthin platinum sheet only 20 nanometers thick riddled with tiny, parallel cracks. Joshua A. Krisch, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of superthin was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Superthin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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