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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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Officers sent to 22 Dexter St., near the Wethersfield line, shortly before 11:30 p.m. after the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system alerted them to one round being fired in the area found a man who had been shot on the left thigh, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Hartford PD: Two Shootings In Same Neighborhood In Three Hours," 27 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Messi took down the pass with his left thigh and then pushed the ball ahead with the slightest touch of his left foot. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Here is the sensational goal Argentina's Lionel Messi scored at World Cup," 26 June 2018 Jose Luiz Rodriguez recently limped out of training with an injury to his left thigh with a matter of days to go before the start of the tournament., "World Cup Preview: Belgium vs Panama - Recent Form, Key Battle, Team News, Prediction & More," 17 June 2018 Media: Sports Illustrated Reddick said the bump on his left thigh began to swell during the club’s off day Thursday. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Josh Reddick remains out of Astros' lineup," 19 May 2018 The official county autopsy found that Clark was hit three times in his right back; in the right front of his neck; his right arm; in his right chest, slightly back to front; and in the left thigh. Fox News, "Independent autopsy of Stephon Clark was 'erroneous,' coroner says," 2 May 2018 Grande accessorized the look with a black box bag and—what else!—her signature vampy thigh-high boots. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Is the Latest Celebrity to Embrace Faux Fur," 19 Dec. 2018 Katy Perry’s archangel wings atop a Versace thigh-high boots were hard to imagine fitting through any door. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018 There was a thigh-high slit: And — wait for it — the pièce de résistance: A VERY. Christina Amoroso, Cosmopolitan, "Everyone Go Home, Because Nicole Kidman Just STOLE the Oscars Red Carpet," 5 Mar. 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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The first known use of thigh was before the 12th century

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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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