thick

adjective
\ ˈthik How to pronounce thick (audio) \

Definition of thick

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having or being of relatively great depth or extent from one surface to its opposite a thick plank
b : heavily built : thickset
2a : close-packed with units or individuals the air was thick with snow
b : occurring in large numbers : numerous
c : viscous in consistency thick syrup
d : sultry, stuffy
e : marked by haze, fog, or mist thick weather
f : impenetrable to the eye : profound thick darkness
g : extremely intense thick silence
3 : measuring in thickness 12 inches thick
4a : imperfectly articulated : indistinct thick speech
b : plainly apparent : decided a thick French accent
c : producing inarticulate speech a thick tongue
5 : obtuse, stupid too thick to understand
6 : associated on close terms : intimate was quite thick with his pastor
7 : exceeding bounds of propriety or fitness : excessive called it a bit thick to be fired without warning
thick on the ground

thick

adverb

Definition of thick (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a thick manner : thickly

thick

noun

Definition of thick (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the most crowded or active part in the thick of the battle
2 : the part of greatest thickness the thick of the thumb

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Other Words from thick

Adjective

thickish \ ˈthi-​kish How to pronounce thickish (audio) \ adjective
thickly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for thick

Synonyms: Adjective

chunky, fat

Synonyms: Noun

deep, depth, height, middle, midst

Antonyms: Adjective

skinny, slender, slim, thin

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Examples of thick in a Sentence

Adjective

a thick layer of ice a thick slice of ham pizza with a thick crust a bodybuilder with a thick, short body The planks were two inches thick. The log was 12 inches thick. a dog with thick fur She has thick, curly hair. The fog was thick this morning.

Adverb

Apples hung thick on the trees.

Noun

in the thick of winter many Northerners are dreaming of tropical islands
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Maintain a poker face, don't get emotional, and build up a thick skin. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How RHONY's Barbara Kavovit Shattered The Glass Ceiling Of The Construction Industry," 29 Jan. 2019 One mother was hysterical after briefly losing her children in the thick smoke and darkness. Daniel Ochoa De Olza, The Seattle Times, "Border clash marks 2nd use of tear gas in just over a month," 2 Jan. 2019 For some, the closeness actually leads to ingrowns, because the hair becomes trapped under a layer of thicker regrowing skin within days. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "The absurd quest to make the “best” razor," 11 Dec. 2018 Photos from the ground showed a section of the plane engulfed by fire and thick black smoke billowing to the sky. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Military plane carrying 9 crashes near Georgia airport; no apparent survivors, officials say," 2 Oct. 2018 The footage also showed thick, black smoke pouring into the sky and large flames shooting from the boat. Ernie Suggs, ajc, "Sorority vigil held for Maleka Jackson, Atlanta woman killed in Bahamas boat accident," 8 July 2018 On Wednesday, firefighting helicopters flew into thick smoke to fight a fire that's burned more than 80,000 acres in three rural counties west of Sacramento. John Blackstone, CBS News, "Thousands of firefighters battling massive wildfires in western U.S.," 4 July 2018 Video of the incident shot from a neighboring vessel showed thick smoke and flames consume the 40-foot-boat, as onlookers jumped into shallow waters to help rescue passengers. Eli Meixler, Time, "One American Was Killed and Another Underwent a Double Leg Amputation After a Boat Exploded in the Bahamas," 3 July 2018 When crews arrived, the house was engulfed in flames and thick smoke was pouring from the roof. David Caraccio, sacbee, "Remarkable video captures intense house fire battle, dog rescue in Stockton blaze," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

An icon was discovered in the iOS 12 beta that seemed to show a design for an iPad with minimal bezels but no camera notch; Apple may end up keeping the iPad Pro's bezels just thick enough to accommodate the sensor array without a notch. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 2018 It’s thick-cut, with a little fat and a little gristle, and super tender, juicy white meat. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Getting Salty with Damon Lequin of Eastern Standard," 11 June 2018 That’s thick-cut, candied bacon on a clothesline with a sprig of burning rosemary smoldering underneath. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Turnaround Artist Dave Clawson and Wake Forest Are Cooking With Gas Now," 4 June 2018 Thin pork chops can soak as little as two hours; thick-cut chops can take four hours or even overnight. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Brining helps meat stay moist during grilling," 23 May 2018 High-gloss paints are very thick and applying them can be tricky for the DIYer. Brian Sodoma, azcentral, "High-gloss? Eggshell? Satin? When to use which sheen for your painting project," 9 May 2018 Tom Ford brought back thick elastic headbands — but upgraded them to leather, naturally. refinery29.com, "This Hair Trend Is Making A Comeback — Whether You Like It Or Not," 28 Mar. 2018 This sandwich packs thick-cut, housemade bacon, collard greens, pimento cheese and ranch dressing between two slices of Texas toast. Andy Staples, SI.com, "Kirby Smart Won't Let the Search for New Leaders Change Georgia's End Goal," 26 Mar. 2018 Mutton chops thick enough for gray jays to nest in bracketed a wide smile. Christopher Solomon, Outside Online, "The Boy Who Lived on Edges," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The White House strategy at this point is a continuation of an approach that aides tried in the thick of the shutdown: peel away rank-and-file Democrats from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "President Trump, After Shutdown Ends, Says ‘We Will Build the Wall’," 26 Jan. 2019 Unknown Worlds; Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PS4 Further Reading One main mystery makes survival in Subnautica worthwhile Subnautica doesn’t waste any time before throwing you in the thick of it. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 That’s right in the thick of a million other releases, but hey, what isn’t these days? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Call of Duty starts selling sans-Zombies, DayZ preps Early Access exit," 7 Dec. 2018 Black Friday used to mark the beginning of gift-giving season, but seeing as most stores and websites started their deep discounts and holiday promotions this week, many of us are already in the thick of shopping. Emily Farra, Vogue, "How Vogue Editors Are Shopping (and Wrapping) Sustainably This Holiday Weekend," 23 Nov. 2018 At one point, Cleveland notes, sweat pouring down his face, that even 20 years earlier, in the thick of the fight, those assembled wouldn’t have known how gracious God would be to them to bring some justice. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "It took 46 years for Aretha Franklin’s concert doc to come out. The wait was worth it.," 15 Nov. 2018 Its high royal glamour and scandal, with the Crawleys in the thick of it. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 Truex is in the thick of the championship hunt and the playoffs begin next week. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Furniture Row Racing closing a year after NASCAR title," 4 Sep. 2018 Donovan Mitchell was in the thick of the Rookie of the Year race, winning the players' vote but falling in the official award chase, voted by a panel of journalists. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "CardsHQ podcast: What's the NBA future for Mitchell and Rozier?," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of thick

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thick

Adjective

Middle English thikke, from Old English thicce; akin to Old High German dicki thick, Old Irish tiug

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thick

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a large distance between the top and bottom or front and back surfaces : not thin
: having a specified distance from one surface to the opposite surface : having a specified thickness
: having parts that are close together

thick

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of thick (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a way that makes thick pieces, layers, etc.
: in great numbers

thick

adjective
\ ˈthik How to pronounce thick (audio) \
thicker; thickest

Kids Definition of thick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having great size from one surface to its opposite a thick wall
2 : closely packed together thick hair a thick clump of bushes
3 : heavily built a thick neck
4 : not flowing easily a thick milk shake
5 : measuring a certain amount in the smallest of three dimensions two millimeters thick
6 : producing speech that is hard to understand She speaks with a thick accent.
8 : occurring in large numbers : numerous Mosquitoes were thick in the swamp.
9 : having haze, fog, or mist The air was thick.
10 : too intense to see in thick darkness

Other Words from thick

thickly adverb

thick

noun

Kids Definition of thick (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the most crowded or active part The soldier was in the thick of the battle.
2 : the part of greatest thickness the thick of the thumb

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