1 of 2


thatched; thatching; thatches

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with thatch
thatcher noun


2 of 2


: a plant material (such as straw) used as a sheltering cover especially of a house
: a sheltering cover (such as a house roof) made of such material
: a mat of undecomposed plant material (such as grass clippings) accumulated next to the soil in a grassy area (such as a lawn)
: something likened to the thatch of a house
especially : the hair of one's head

Examples of thatch in a Sentence

Noun Mice were living in the thatch of the roof. We ate lunch in the shade under the thatch of a beachfront restaurant. her thatch of dark brown hair
Recent Examples on the Web
Many homeowners have heard that mulching clippings contributes to thatch buildup in a lawn, but that concern is overstated. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2024 These include over 140 species traditionally used by the Chumash, such as tule grass for matting and thatching houses, and elderberries for crafting whistles and bows. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 June 2024
Myth: Clippings Cause Thatch Clippings have a bad reputation for piling up between the soil surface and the actively growing grass plants to create a layer of thatch. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2024 In this remote corner of Namibia, successfully uploading the data required the trackers to climb a wooden ladder leaning on a thatch hut and stretch their arms to raise the phone as high as possible to gain a signal. Bydimitri Selibas,, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for thatch 

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Word History



Middle English thecchen, from Old English theccan to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover, Latin tegere, Greek stegein to cover, stegos roof, Sanskrit sthagati he covers

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of thatch was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to cover with or as if with thatch


2 of 2 noun
: a plant material (as straw) used to cover the roof of a building
: a mat of plant matter (as grass clippings) that has accumulated on the soil surface of a grassy area (as a lawn)

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