\ 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



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

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Other Words from thick


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 Europa, with an ocean hidden beneath a thick shell of ice, long has been viewed as a potential habitat for extraterrestrial life in our solar system, alongside other candidates such as Mars and Saturn’s moon Enceladus. NBC News, "Subsurface ocean on Jupiter's moon Europa was potentially 'habitable,' researchers say," 25 June 2020 The sauna is also built with extra-thick walls, which help retain heat and conserve energy. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, "These Saunas Make the Perfect Addition to Your Home Gym or Spa," 25 June 2020 The dust travels about 1 mile above the surface and can form a layer that is 2 to 2.5 miles thick. Leigh Morgan, al, "Saharan dust could amp up sunrises and sunsets across Alabama for the next few days," 25 June 2020 This simple top is an elevated closet essential thanks to the on-trend squared neckline and thick shoulder straps. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "Alice + Olivia is having a must-shop warehouse sale and everything's up to 80% off," 25 June 2020 When the teens opened the door of the top-level apartment, Larsen said the air had turned black from the thick smoke trapped in the hallway. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "At least 2 units heavily damaged in fire at Spenard apartment building," 25 June 2020 The fabric is too thick for this weather, the bodice too tight. Seija Rankin,, "Read an exclusive excerpt of The Lion's Den, your next summer escapist novel," 25 June 2020 Plants that are rated Zone 6 probably won’t without some extra protection from the cold, such as a thick layer of mulch in winter. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 of the Most Common Perennial Garden Mistakes to Avoid," 18 June 2020 These thick, but breathable masks benefit Masks for the People, which supplies masks, sanitizer and testing kits to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "16 face masks that support a good cause," 16 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Start by running the pasta dough through a pasta roller into long sheets about one-eighth inch thick. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Nothing says comfort like pasta. Try 3 dishes from 'temporarily' closed Louisville spots," 21 Apr. 2020 McBride’s thick build, his mullet and his outrageous swagger are well suited to Major League Baseball’s history of relievers, and a few cringe-worthy laughs will be found even though baseball isn’t always a key player. Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, "Miss sports? A diehard fan picks 13 sports-themed TV shows to tide you over," 7 Apr. 2020 This New Year’s Eve, when blazes near Mallacoota caused smoke so thick the sky turned pitch black, my family absorbed the news and the imagery in horror. New York Times, "Watching the Beach Town of My Childhood Burn," 17 Jan. 2020 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,, "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., "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though the hotel is not quite located in the thick of the tourist districts, restaurants and supermarkets abound in this area, as do train stations. Carrie Dennis, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best Cheap Hotels in Paris, According to," 20 June 2020 The Oregonian/OregonLive sends journalists into the thick of demonstrations to act as the public’s proxy, to show an unvarnished view of what is occurring and to act as watchdogs for police and protester activity. oregonlive, "Letter from the Editor: Protests on top of pandemic stretch newsroom," 7 June 2020 But despite the wounds, Silwa pledged to be right back into the thick of it Wednesday. Fox News, "'Guardian Angel' describes pitched battle with New York looters: 'We don't surrender or retreat'," 4 June 2020 The 2013 session was a historic one, and Goodale was right in the thick of it. Bob Christie, azcentral, "Former Arizona lawmaker Doris Goodale dies at age 71," 5 June 2020 Trejo began her career in the thick of the pandemic. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Ready to work, trade school students face adversity during COVID pandemic," 4 June 2020 In the thick of a pandemic, debris blocked roads to the hospital. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "The Financial Catastrophe That Coronavirus Brought to Small Towns," 26 May 2020 Pelham 22-18 Friday’s games: Fairfield at Woodlawn Fairfield remains in the thick of the playoff hunt but probably has to win out to get in. Josh Bean |, al, "Birmingham HS picks: Hueytown vs. Bessemer City highlights Week 8," 8 Oct. 2019 The sobering truth is that the Bay Area is still in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, public health experts said. Erin Allday,, "The Bay Area, mostly, will reopen slowly to avoid a coronavirus resurgence," 6 May 2020

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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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“Thick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of thick (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a way that makes thick pieces, layers, etc.
: in great numbers


\ 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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