thick

adjective
\ 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

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 \ adjective
thickly adverb

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

That follicle releases increasing levels of the hormone estrogen, which makes the lining of your uterus grow and get thicker. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is There Any Reliable Way to Make Your Period Come Faster?," 11 July 2018 New photos from Curiosity show a wall of haze over Gale Crater that is up to eight times thicker than normal for this time on Mars, NASA officials said. Tariq Malik, Scientific American, "Massive Dust Storm Engulfs Mars," 21 June 2018 This is a new style of weaponry: finely crafted, relatively flat spear points no thicker than an envelope, which required unique skills, and therefore stand out in the record. National Geographic, "When, How Did the First Americans Arrive? It’s Complicated.," 9 June 2018 Nowhere is the fog of war thicker than in cyberspace. Jens Stoltenberg, WIRED, "How NATO Defends Against the Dark Side of the Web," 9 June 2018 Bill Gross will need patience and a thick skin for the bet to pay off. Richard Barley, WSJ, "The Battle of German Yields: Bill Gross vs. Eurozone Politics," 6 June 2018 Around the same time, plant geneticists perfected a tomato with a thick skin and round shape that could withstand machine harvesting and truck transport. Amy Bentley, Smithsonian, "How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulated," 4 June 2018 To accommodate improved thermals and upgraded processor and graphics options, the new Spectre 15 x360 is about 1.67mm thicker than the previous model, as well as a bit heavier (4.5 pounds instead of 4.4 pounds). Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Spectre 15 x360 2018 review: Made better by standard 4K, great battery life," 25 May 2018 One of the unwritten rules on the backside with regard to horses switching barns, is, the pride of trainers is thicker than water, meaning, all trainers wanna improve a horse when receiving a horse from another barn. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Happy Preakness Day," 19 May 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, 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 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

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 After faltering for the first two months of the year, the Dodgers are in the thick of the NL West race. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018 Notre Dame football is back on campus, the freshman class has officially arrived in South Bend, and strength coach Matt Balis is in the thick of conducting his second summer conditioning program. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Projecting Notre Dame football's 2018 depth chart," 29 June 2018 Still in the thick of the case, Mohiuddin said the city effectively gave him an ultimatum: build the 12-foot fence or lose parking privileges. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Hitching Post Saloon owner sues Apache Junction, alleging racial discrimination," 29 June 2018 Located in the thick of the action on South Broadway, Pie in the Sky opened this year in a spot previously home to the Turkish restaurant Mare Nostrum. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Good pizza, pasta and more at Pie in the Sky," 27 June 2018 Home sales in greater Hartford slowed in May — in the thick of the spring home buying season — and prices paid slipped, after three straight months of encouraging gains, a new report shows. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Greater Hartford Home Sales Slow, Prices Dip in May," 20 June 2018 Golfers who seemed out of it came right back and were in the thick of it by Sunday. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Are you not entertained? The U.S. Open was an all-time classic," 18 June 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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The first known use of thick was before the 12th century

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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 \
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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