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Definition of thigh 

1a : the proximal segment of the vertebrate hind or lower limb extending from the hip to the knee

b : the segment of the leg immediately distal to the thigh in a bird or in a quadruped in which the true thigh is obscured

c : the femur of an insect

2 : something resembling or covering a thigh

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thighed \ˈthīd \ adjective

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Young, meanwhile, also required immediate assessment and treatment following two heavy knocks to both his ankle and his thigh which forced his substitution in extra time., "England Handed Harry Kane Boost But Others Remain Major Injury Doubts for Sweden Clash," 5 July 2018 Costa had been working separately from the group since injuring his right thigh in the game against Costa Rica on June 22, missing the last group game against Serbia and the round of 16 game against Mexico. Houston Chronicle, "England defeats Colombia on PKs to reach World Cup quarterfinals," 3 July 2018 More fan videos show Beyoncé getting coaxed into exiting the stage down the ladder, making her descent while wearing thigh-high heeled boots. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Beyoncé shown stranded on floating stage in apparent concert mishap in Poland," 2 July 2018 While Davidson, 24, covered his head in a hoodie and baseball cap, the 24-year-old singer was hard to miss in a bright yellow sweatshirt with thigh-high boots and a cross-body Louis Vuitton bag. Stephanie Petit,, "Suckers for Love! Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson Hold Hands as They Step Out with Lollipops in N.Y.C.," 21 June 2018 Harry Robinson returned to South Philadelphia from Korea in the spring of 1952 with a piece of shrapnel in his thigh and a Purple Heart for his service. Julia Terruso,, "After Trump-Kim summit, Philly-area family asking 'What about my brother' could finally get an answer," 20 June 2018 Her mother says the skin from her thighs had to be removed to cover her injuries. Anne Branigin, The Root, "Virginia Family Calls for Hate Crime Investigation After White Man Calls Daughter N-Word and Hits Her With His Truck," 20 June 2018 There are thigh-high boots, Zenon-chic metallics, crystal-mesh bodysuits—from brands like Gucci, LaQuan Smith, and Givenchy. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Beyoncé's "On the Run Tour II" Fashion: All the Looks," 7 June 2018 Deadline Detroit reported on May 17 that more than half a dozen women had come forward with stories about inappropriate comments about women's breasts and touching their thighs, among other actions. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Jack Lessenberry, accused of sexual harassment, returns to radio," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of thigh

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

History and Etymology for thigh

Middle English, from Old English thēoh; akin to Old High German dioh thigh, Lithuanian taukai, plural, fat

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English Language Learners Definition of thigh

: the part of your leg that is above the knee

: the side part of the leg of a bird


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Kids Definition of thigh

: the part of a leg between the hip and the knee


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Medical Definition of thigh 

1 : the proximal segment of the vertebrate hind or lower limb extending from the hip to the knee and supported by a single large bone — compare femur sense 1

2 : the segment of the leg immediately distal to the thigh in a bird or in a quadruped in which the true thigh is obscured

3 : the femur of an insect

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