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
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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Unlike our regular smartphones covered in thick glass, the Razr’s screen is made of a thinner bendable polymer—aka plastic. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Motorola Razr vs. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: The Flip Phone Is Back and It’s Not a Total Flop," 15 Feb. 2020 Portland will wake to thick fog draped across the metro area early Thursday. oregonlive, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Thick fog, then light rain; high 46," 14 Feb. 2020 Police noted in reports that the road covered in a thick sheet of ice. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Woman dies in one-car crash on icy street in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton neighborhood," 14 Feb. 2020 And credit to whoever specified the thick metal gearchange paddles and their satisfyingly heavy action. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Porsche's Updated Macan GTS Hits the Sweet Spot," 10 Feb. 2020 John Cox, an aviation-safety consultant, said the NTSB’s report was further indication that the pilot likely became disoriented in the thick fog and clouds. Washington Post, "Investigators: No sign of engine failure for Bryant copter," 7 Feb. 2020 Thermal Shorts A pair of cycling shorts in a thick, thermal-weight fabric is among the most versatile items in my wardrobe. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, "How to Assemble a Winter Cycling Kit—Without a Fat Bike," 6 Feb. 2020 When Southern Californians awakened to a dreary, cold morning on Sunday, thick fog hovered over the Santa Monica Mountains. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "A Young Fan’s Selfie Captured Kobe Bryant a Day Before Fatal Crash," 28 Jan. 2020 Since the start of the year, residents of Sarajevo and other major cities have been choking on a thick fog made up of toxic fine particles, including PM 2.5. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "China funds more coal plants in Bosnia as residents protest some of the world’s worst air quality," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The wax — which is made of beeswax, castor seed oil, and lanolin — goes on thick but immediately melts upon contact with skin. Audrey Noble, Allure, "Ina Garten Shares Her Favorite Glossier Product (and It’s Probably Your Favorite, Too)," 23 Jan. 2020 With colorful hair, thick winged eyeliner, and a signature black heart under each eye, egirls are the ultimate cool girls. Hannah Rimm, refinery29.com, "What Is The TikTok App That All The Funny Teens Are Using?," 29 Jan. 2020 Love for Brady — and the scent of sausage — hangs thick in the air. BostonGlobe.com, "Would you leave your husband or boyfriend for Brady?," 11 Oct. 2019 His model also includes a fully flexible display rather than a rigid fold, but that means instead of a Nintendo 3DS silhouette, the Escobar Fold 1 has one very thick, rounded edge. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Pablo Escobar's Brother Made a Folding Phone for Some Reason," 3 Dec. 2019 The bacon cheeseburger, with plenty of thick-cut bacon, suited us just fine. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "In 2019, the burgers in these cities are better than ever," 24 Oct. 2019 On the table, there's a giant plate of pancakes (maybe the new Butter Pecan Pancakes with Pumpkin Butter?), plus a separate plate filled with thick-cut bacon, scrambled eggs, and crispy, housemade tater tots. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "This Is What Joanna Gaines Orders at Magnolia Table," 19 Oct. 2019 In a research paper, the team demonstrated that thin layers of certain materials—just a few atoms thick, stacked together like sheets of printer paper—can adequately insulate the warmest components of a device. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Science Hack Could Prevent Your Phone from Overheating," 22 Aug. 2019 The smell of old weed smoke hangs thick in the air and the TV is tuned to the QVC network. Los Angeles Times, "With Billie Eilish and ‘Euphoria’ co-signs, rapper $not is a Gen Z star in making," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 49ers have won their last two games and are in the thick of the race for the C-USA title at 8-4. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Chalk talk -- Charlotte at North Texas," 12 Feb. 2020 The Jayhawks' Marcus Garrett and David McCormick were also in the thick of the scrum along with the Wildcats' James Love and David Sloan, who was the first player to come to Gordon's defense. Dave Skretta, Houston Chronicle, "Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas game," 22 Jan. 2020 Roberts, who emphasizes the nonpartisan nature of the judiciary, is widely thought to loathe his current role in the thick of a political proceeding, and may not be game. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "John Roberts will celebrate his 65th birthday presiding over Trump’s impeachment trial," 27 Jan. 2020 Second-year coach Nick Nurse has kept Toronto in the thick of the Eastern Conference race, tied for second with Miami at 31-14. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs face new challenge in healthy, motivated Toronto Raptors," 25 Jan. 2020 How did Wisconsin's battleground status become fodder for a film opening in the thick of the summer movie season? Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Irresistible': Everything we know so far about Jon Stewart's political comedy set in purple-state Wisconsin," 23 Jan. 2020 The Jayhawks' Marcus Garrett and David McCormick were also in the thick of the scrum along with the Wildcats' James Love and David Sloan, who was the first player to come to Gordon's defense. Dave Skretta, Houston Chronicle, "Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas game," 22 Jan. 2020 The Jayhawks' Marcus Garrett and David McCormick were also in the thick of the scrum along with the Wildcats' James Love and David Sloan, who was the first player to come to Gordon's defense. oregonlive, "Watch: Wild brawl erupts, punches thrown in fight following Kansas Jayhawks’ win over Kansas State in men’s college basketball game," 21 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, Russia and the United States are in the thick of developing hypersonic weapons of their own. Joel Goldberg, Science | AAAS, "Watch Russia, China, United States race to deploy ‘blazingly fast’ hypersonic weapons," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of thick was before the 12th century

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19 Feb 2020

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“Thick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thick. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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thick

adjective
How to pronounce thick (audio)

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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