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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



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 thick (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 The vegetation was thick and dry, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials said. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fire in San Diego River bed scorches two acres near Allied Gardens," 9 May 2021 Many South Asians have body and facial hair that is naturally thick and dark, while beauty norms cast its removal as a marker of femininity and hygiene (a view that is, increasingly, being called into question). CNN, "How South Asian-owned threading salons in the US became a space for community," 8 May 2021 Overall Gross Margins are thick at about 47% in FY’20 with hardware margins standing at 43%. Trefis Team, Forbes, "Is Peloton’s Tread+ Recall An Opportunity To Buy The Stock?," 7 May 2021 Brooklinen offers super-plush, 100% Turkish cotton towels, robes and rugs that are extra thick for spa-like comfort. oregonlive, "Graduation is happening: Here are special gift ideas for the Class of 2021," 7 May 2021 Each steel bar is 1″ x 3/4″ and is thick and durable. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Fireplace Log Grate," 3 May 2021 The polyester fleece used in these blankets is thick enough to provide appreciable warmth, capable of drying quickly, and is easy to clean. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Ultimate Car-Camping Starter Kit," 2 May 2021 In fact, the layer of neutrons on the outside of a lead nucleus is twice as thick as physicists thought, according to a new study. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Neutron stars may be bigger than expected, measurement of lead nucleus suggests," 27 Apr. 2021 The consistency should be thick, but still spreadable. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Mint Lemonade Juleps? Yes please! Try these Derby recipes from Iroquois culinary students," 27 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Then there is the rice porridge with celtuce (a weirdly underused and magical thick-stemmed lettuce), which balances a light brightness with a creamy mouthfeel. WSJ, "Daniel Humm’s New Eleven Madison Park Menu Will Be Meat-Free," 3 May 2021 Garner, wearing thick-rimmed glasses and a cozy sweater, posted the same photo on her Instagram. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mark Ruffalo and Jennifer Garner Had a 13 Going on 30 Reunion," 24 Feb. 2021 That rule applies whether the bacon is thick-cut or thin, hickory or maple-smoked, the fancy stuff or the cheap stuff. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, "How Long Does Bacon Last in the Fridge?," 7 Feb. 2021 His thick-rimmed, dark sunglasses look like something out of a Tarantino film. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: 49 years ago, D.B. Cooper became an ideal hero for cynical times. He still is," 25 Nov. 2020 Mayhew Bakery is making calzones now, too, and thick-crusted, rectangular Sicilian pizza makes periodic appearances as specials. Ian Mcnulty,, "Pizza, often the answer to life's problems, proves a lifeline for one Mid-City bakery," 30 Sep. 2020 The thick-rimmed, cast-magnesium three-spoke wheel provides a seductive combination of stability and immediate responsiveness. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2003 Nissan 350Z Returns to Its Roots," 16 Sep. 2020 Food Cartel pod, where the brisket is salt-rubbed and thick-sliced with juicy meat under a jiggling fat cap. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Great barbecue in Beaverton? Head to Wolf’s Head Smokehouse," 2 Sep. 2020 The bird will now be known as the thick-billed longspur. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A bird named for a Confederate general officially has a new identity," 13 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But, Detroit, meanwhile, could be a possible win for Minnesota as the Pistons currently possess the second-worst record in the NBA are in the thick of things for the top pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Evan Dammarell, Forbes, "The NBA Draft Lottery Could Get Messy For The Cleveland Cavaliers," 11 May 2021 Over its last four games, Orlando will face three teams in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Roy Parry,, "What lessons can the Magic learn in their final four games of the season?," 10 May 2021 The Grizzlies are in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race a season after selecting Ja Morant with the second overall pick. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons snap four-game skid against Memphis Grizzlies at home, 111-97," 7 May 2021 Texas’ coach appeared loose and unburdened Thursday, more like a beer leaguer pining for meaty hacks and frosty cans than the coach of a team in the thick of the Big 12 pennant race. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas staying loose ahead of pivotal weekend series against TCU," 6 May 2021 Díaz Ayuso said the results backed her policies of keeping bars, restaurants and other businesses open even in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic to keep the economy up and running. NBC News, "Coronavirus: Madrid lawmaker who opposed lockdown restrictions wins election," 5 May 2021 In the thick of calls for police reform, Sharpton injects a sense of spiritual righteousness into his demands for action. Washington Post, "The space filled by Al Sharpton’s prayers and politics," 4 May 2021 Could Soup and Sandwich possibly be in the thick of it all the way to the end Saturday? John Cherwa Special Contributor, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Jon White’s final Kentucky Derby rankings," 30 Apr. 2021 The two-hour program features a wide-ranging playlist handpicked by Was — jazz, rock, soul, Americana, blues, reggae, world music — interspersed with musings and insider anecdotes drawn from his decades in the thick of the music industry. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "For Don Was and his new WDET show, it's good tunes, fun stories and a longtime dream fulfilled," 30 Apr. 2021

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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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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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