thick·​et | \ ˈthi-kət How to pronounce thicket (audio) \

Definition of thicket

1 : a dense growth of shrubbery or small trees : copse
2 : something resembling a thicket in density or impenetrability : tangle a political thicket a thicket of reporters

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thickety \ ˈthi-​kə-​tē How to pronounce thicket (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thicket in a Sentence

a dense thicket of rosebushes flushed a pheasant from a thicket of willows
Recent Examples on the Web The extent to which that matters is a useful question — Schrader is by no means disinterested in keeping his audience on the hook and reeling us through the thicket of this man’s mind. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 There was a whitewashed cottage nestled in a thicket, built, presumably, before a view was required. Esther Freud, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 Both pairs deal with infidelity, separation, and a complicated thicket of co-dependency that enables them to slingshot from expressions of disdain to feelings of profound tenderness. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 My father directed me to a small group of mostly women and children standing under a tree by a thicket. Nhial Deng, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 Amazon sellers and acquirers faced a more complicated landscape in Europe, with the site divided into different countries, a thicket of tax and legal issues and rival marketplaces like Allegro dominating in some markets like Poland, says Sam Horbye. Iain Martin, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Since Spears abruptly canceled a second planned residency in early 2019, the legal arrangement — shrouded in mystery and a thicket of non-disclosure agreements — has increasingly raised questions. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2021 Less than a month after Bacca’s departure from Milan, her body was found in a thicket outside Istanbul. Nicole Rudick, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2021 Ufot says if the voting rights bill fails, many Black voters in swing states like Georgia may wonder if standing in long lines and taking time off for work to navigate a thicket of voting restrictions is worth it. John Blake, CNN, 1 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of thicket

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

History and Etymology for thicket

Middle English *thikket, from Old English thiccet, from thicce thick

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

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“Thicket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thicket

: a group of bushes or small trees that grow close together


thick·​et | \ ˈthi-kət How to pronounce thicket (audio) \

Kids Definition of thicket

: a thick usually small patch of bushes or low trees

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