\ 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



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

Other Words from thick


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for thick

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Gulab jamun can be found sealed in sticky cans at South Asian grocery stores, at the end of Indian restaurants’ lunchtime buffets, or fresh-fried and swimming in thick sugar syrup at sweets shops. Antara Sinha, Bon Appétit, 10 May 2022 Having been used in the CrossFit Games multiple times, the Assault Air Runner is non-motorized with a thick rubber tread that feels very comfortable in comparison to the rubber belts often seen on traditional treadmills. Heath Owens, Men's Health, 9 May 2022 The tallow tree tends to grow in thick stands that crowd out other plants and take over. Dennis Pillion |, al, 8 May 2022 The body of the RS Q e-tron has all the scoops and fat fenders—and a general sense of violence—of Audi’s past racers, but sits high on a double-wishbone suspension replete with Reiger gas shocks as thick as my thigh. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 8 May 2022 Humidity is starting to creep in again, replete with hot, thick air that even the air conditioning or cooling bed sheets can't disrupt. Amy Schulman,, 8 May 2022 Pressure increased on palm oil producers in 2013, when fires set to clear rainforests blanketed Southeast Asia in a thick haze. Jon Emont, WSJ, 7 May 2022 In Amsterdam, all that stood between me and a paper cone of thick-cut fries topped with mayonnaise was a 10-minute stroll across canal bridges dressed with fresh flowers. Sarah Greaves-gabbadon, Travel + Leisure, 7 May 2022 Also, midlength skirts pair nicely with structured, thick cotton T-shirts or a thin wool sweater. CNN, 6 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The portrait featured, against a patterned backdrop, a man in a polished white suit and thick-rimmed glasses delicately presenting a single flower to the viewer. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 29 Apr. 2022 The change – which will take effect for games Thursday, July 28, and Friday, July 29 – will honor the city’s JoJo potato, the thick-sliced, hearty wedge. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 Feb. 2022 Boss, who is 87, greeted me in her building’s lobby wearing thick-framed glasses, her light blonde hair short and an Apple Watch clasped on her left wrist. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2021 Even before sliding behind the thick-rimmed, multifunction steering wheel, we were impressed by the G80’s stunning proportions and clean body lines. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 Slice plantains about 1/4-inch thick on a bias or lengthwise into long strips. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2021 Last summer, the McCown's longspur, named after Confederate general John P. McCown, became the thick-billed longspur, a label based solely on its characteristics. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2021 He’s wearing thick-framed glasses, and today’s jeans are, again, black; today’s Vans are checkered; today’s black T-shirt is merch for the L.A. rock band Kills Birds. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021 Anxiety in South Lake Tahoe hung thick in the air Thursday, even as a blanket of smoke that has for days choked the area eased slightly. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The need isn’t high, but the want for one in every cycle is why OSU still finds itself in the thick of things. Stephen Means, cleveland, 1 May 2022 This season, Taylor has helped the Wolves stay in the thick of a competitive battle for ECC supremacy. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 29 Apr. 2022 Making a compelling film out of Detroit’s infamous 2013 bankruptcy required a few essentials: Accounts from those in the thick of the action. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2022 The Atlanta location was the first exhibit that opened in 2020 right in the thick of the pandemic. Ebony Williams, ajc, 26 Apr. 2022 The quartet — Karina, Winter, Giselle, and Ningning — debuted in November, 2020, in the thick of the pandemic, which didn’t exactly afford them many opportunities to perform live. Kristine Kwak, Rolling Stone, 24 Apr. 2022 In 1916, the first national scandal over wiretapping exploded in New York City, and Burns was in the thick of it. Andrew Lanham, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 In the thick of the pandemic, Americans like her dug deeper into their pockets to recognize the hard labor and health risks taken on by workers in every corner of the food business — servers, cooks, cashiers, delivery workers. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2022 Led by Cannes’ artistic director and general delegate Thierry Fremaux, the selection committee has been flooded with late submissions and is now in the thick of deliberations. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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



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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