plural thangs
US slang
: thing
"When it comes to music, man, there ain't but one place to pay attention to right now. It's a Long Beach thang."Domino
… in tonight's season 3 premiere [of Shark Tank], Mark Cuban shakes his groove thangDalton Ross
Work it out! Do your thang!Vibe

Examples of thang in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bow and arrow was drawn back for a LONG time but that thang is in the air now!! Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 22 Oct. 2023 And not just any thang. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 9 Jan. 2023 That’s my thang. Lacey Vorrasi-Banis,, 23 Sep. 2020 With guests line dancing on a wooden floor, Nashville up-and-coming artists Tanner Adell and Adam Warner brought the twang to this thang. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 18 Sep. 2022 The Dolphins coach, whose team required heated benches in its Week 14 loss in Los Angeles to the Chargers, tried to convince his team that the weather in Western New York was no big thang. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2022 Same goes for Dreamgirls, Bill Condon’s soul-stirring dazzler that gave Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson the mic and let ’em do their thang. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Oct. 2022 The backlash Lang and her crew have faced ain’t stopping a thang. Brooklyn White, Essence, 21 Sep. 2022 Really, the boy bob is about personality and letting your hair’s own waves, kinks, and curls do their thang by working with your hairstylist on an easygoing cut that bigs up your own texture. Elle Turner, Glamour, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


variant of thing, reflecting lowering and diphthongization of \i\ ([ɪ]) before velar consonants by some African Americans and speakers in the American South

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thang was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Thang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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