\ ˈthik \

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



Definition of thick (Entry 2 of 3)

: in a thick manner : thickly



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


thickish \ ˈthi-​kish \ 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


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.


Apples hung thick on the trees.


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

With her dyed hair, chunky glasses, and thick Eastern European accent, Taub comes off like a slightly more cosmopolitan Dr. Ruth. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "The dangerous rise of vaginal lightening," 6 Dec. 2018 Before any baby boomers start yapping about how millennials are too sensitive, please take a class in sarcasm, then consider wrapping up a gag gift or two to the beloved millennials in your life to help them build a thicker skin this holiday season. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Monopoly For Millennials Is The Funniest, But Cruelest Game Of The Holiday Season," 19 Nov. 2018 Coconut cream, which is generally thicker than coconut milk, can substitute, just be sure to refrigerate first and separate solids from liquid. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Brands of Canned Coconut Milk," 4 Aug. 2018 At Coyle’s Bakeshop, Rachael Coyle creates a layered Seattle classic with a thick British accent. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "Long live the Victoria Sponge Cake — or, at least through summer’s super-fresh fruit season," 1 Aug. 2018 The physically slight actress here sports a fairly thick accent and talks very rapidly, with the result that some of the lines are missed. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Girls & Boys': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 The shelter is a white frame house with a spacious yard covered with a thick layer of grass. Author: Maria Sacchetti, Kevin Sieff, Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, "Separated migrant children are all over the country," 25 June 2018 Under the leadership of executive director Mike Davis, the USGA has gotten away from thick, ankle-deep rough immediately outside the fairways and around the greens. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Can a golfer with limited power still win the U.S. Open?," 9 June 2018 During the fierce bidding war, Rudd's co-star David Dastmalchian, also of Overland Park, spoke up in the thick Russian accent of his character, Kurt, and offered two more tickets. Jeneé Osterheldt And Sharon Hoffmann, kansascity, "Big Slick 2018 rockets over $2 million, setting another record," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

It’s thick-cut, with a little fat and a little gristle, and super tender, juicy white meat. Kara Baskin,, "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,, "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., "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,, "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 Janice limply heaves the thick unabridged dictionary into the metal trash can at the corner of Vandam and crosses the street. Miles Marshall Lewis, The Root, "(What Did I Do to Get So) Black and Blue," 18 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 ORL The Lions jettisoned beloved former coach Adrian Heath midway through his second MLS season two years ago with Orlando City still in the thick of the playoff race. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Here’s hoping Orlando City actually has some patience with new coach James O’Connor," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of thick


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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thick


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

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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



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

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

: in great numbers


\ ˈthik \
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



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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