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
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 How to pronounce thickish (audio) \ 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

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

One large bowl appears entirely comprised of rubble, its walls a thick, white, rocky crust, pocked with voids and graced with passages of glassy jade and violet. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Gravel, glass and glaze: The radical ceramics of Masaomi Yasunaga," 5 July 2019 One with thick, closed-cell foam insulation Generally all commercial coolers use the same method of insulation: foam between the inner and outer walls. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019 The best ones are fairly thick, accordion-style and highly reflective on one side. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019 This large, cold moon features a thick, methane-rich atmosphere, mountains of ice and the only surface seas in the solar system beside those on Earth. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "NASA plans to send a flying robot to Saturn’s moon Titan," 28 June 2019 Cannons became a threat—until residents developed thick, sloped walls able to withstand blasts. National Geographic, "These five maps reveal how transit and geography can shape a city," 27 June 2019 The sauce is thick, sweet, tangy and moderately spicy. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, "Where to find the best barbecue on Chicago’s South Side, where the rib tip and hot link combo is king," 26 June 2019 Surprising teams like the White Sox, Padres, Rangers and others remain on the periphery (or right in the thick) of the playoff race as we near the midseason point. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Which Fringe Contenders Should Be Aggressive at the Trade Deadline?," 26 June 2019 The next day, a forest fire in the nearby mountains blanketed the air with thick, brown smoke, so hiking was temporarily out of the question. Doug Hansen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Warm-weather adventures at Mammoth," 26 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

An icon was discovered in the iOS 12 beta that seemed to show a design for an iPad with minimal bezels but no camera notch; Apple may end up keeping the iPad Pro's bezels just thick enough to accommodate the sensor array without a notch. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s September 12, 2018 event: What we expect to be “gathering round” for," 9 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Nationals are in the thick of the NL wild-card race, so Doolittle appears destined to stay. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "4 factors to consider as the Cubs search for help before the July 31 trade deadline," 5 July 2019 So the Nats should be in the thick of the wild-card race. Fred Bowen, Washington Post, "With Nationals on the upswing, can they make a playoff run?," 3 July 2019 These players’ teams should be in the thick of the playoff conversation, which inherently gives them a leg up. Caleb Friedman, SI.com, "The 117 College Football Players Who Could Win the 2019 Heisman Trophy," 10 June 2019 Back-to-back third-place finishes at the 500 and Detroit Dual 1 have the Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver just 61 points back of Newgarden and in the thick of the title hunt. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar wraps up grueling stretch with second half of Texas two-step," 5 June 2019 Game 3 of the NBA Finals at Oakland’s Oracle Arena was the place to be on Wednesday night, and Metallica’s James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett were in the thick of it. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Metallica's James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett Rock the National Anthem Ahead of NBA Finals Game 3: Watch," 5 June 2019 Colorado enters Tuesday’s game at Chicago vs. the Cubs hot off of a 9-1 homestand and back in the thick of the National League wild-card race. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story leading Rockies’ resurgent offense," 4 June 2019 The United States was in the thick of the Vietnam War. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "How April 1968 Changed the United States Forever," 19 Apr. 2019 Thousands of companies across the country are in the thick of a digital revolution that requires... Lauren Weber, WSJ, "Why Companies Are Failing at Reskilling," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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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 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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