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

In addition to having a thick atmosphere, Jupiter is also wrapped in intense radiation belts. Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: Spying on Jupiter," 14 Sep. 2019 For example, Venus is about 870 F (470 C) because its thick atmosphere is 96.5% carbon dioxide. Jason West, The Conversation, "Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate," 13 Sep. 2019 From the main deck, the crew tried to access the salon and galley compartment through a forward window, but the compartment was engulfed by flames in the rear and thick smoke in the forward end. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "Conception fire: All crew members asleep when deadly fire erupted, report says," 12 Sep. 2019 Use the thicker icing to pipe outlines of designs on cookies as shown. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Decorated Cookies," 12 Sep. 2019 When dew points reach 70 to 75 degrees, the air feels thick and oppressive, according to the National Weather Service. Dallas News, "Here’s what you might not know about dehydration in the summer heat," 24 July 2019 The quality of the Crawtators is very good — thick, crunchy and with a modest heat. Lucas Kwan Peterson, latimes.com, "The official spicy snack power rankings," 2 July 2019 State officials and marijuana industry sources said black-market dealers appear to be using new substances to thin out THC oil, which is thick, odorless and colorless. Author: Lena H. Sun, Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "As vaping-related lung illnesses spike, investigators eye contaminants," 30 Aug. 2019 This produced an incredibly thin layer of metal, just 10 to 20 nanometers thick, or about 1,000 times thinner than a sheet of Saran wrap. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Could a Rusty Bridge Generate Electricity?," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

In a research paper, the team demonstrated that thin layers of certain materials—just a few atoms thick, stacked together like sheets of printer paper—can adequately insulate the warmest components of a device. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Science Hack Could Prevent Your Phone from Overheating," 22 Aug. 2019 The smell of old weed smoke hangs thick in the air and the TV is tuned to the QVC network. Los Angeles Times, "With Billie Eilish and ‘Euphoria’ co-signs, rapper $not is a Gen Z star in making," 19 Aug. 2019 Even for a genre not known for good taste, this is pretty thick-headed. Chris Barton, latimes.com, "Overrated/Underrated, Summer sneaks: 'Infinity War' without end, and two reasons to see 'Deadpool 2'," 26 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That puts Mark Durbin possibly right in the thick of it at the time of the murder. CBS News, "The Hollywood Ripper: How "48 Hours" helped crack the case of convicted serial killer Michael Gargiulo," 14 Sep. 2019 In a stretch of matches marred by losing and poor collective performances, FC Cincinnati was expected to be handled by an Impact side in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati stuns playoff-hungry Montreal Impact with 1-0 win," 14 Sep. 2019 Just Mercy will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6 before hitting theaters this December in the thick of awards season. Time, "Michael B. Jordan Is Redefining What It Means to Be a Movie Star," 3 Sep. 2019 Wong continues to be at the forefront of Hong Kong’s resistance movement, and stepped back into the thick of the current protests against an extradition law after he was released early from prison in June from a two-month sentence. Isabella Steger, Quartzy, "Six films to watch to understand what’s happening in Hong Kong," 24 July 2019 Expect Wolf’s team to again be right in the thick of the A Conference race. Rich Scherr, baltimoresun.com, "2019 Baltimore-area field hockey preseason Top 15 poll," 30 Aug. 2019 British heavy metal band Iron Maiden is in the thick of a 16-song set before thousands of fans at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Noblesville. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Reliving the moment Andrew Luck retired," 27 Aug. 2019 The original strip, written in the thick of the war in Iraq, was terminated by its first publisher, an imprint of DC Comics, for its anti-superhero tone. M.s., The Economist, "“The Boys” is a superhero series for the Trump era," 27 Aug. 2019 British actor Tom Holland showed face on the main stage at D23 on Saturday, in the thick of an ugly studio battle over the rights to his iconic Marvel character Spider-Man. Matt Donnelly, chicagotribune.com, "Tom Holland addresses Spider-Man’s studio divorce at D23: ‘I love you 3000’," 25 Aug. 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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