\ˈthī \

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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The skirt featured a high-slit that hit just below her left thigh, which allowed for her sky-high stilettos to peek out. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore White Feather Eyebrows on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018 Runway," 9 Nov. 2018 Everybody wants to be part of something in L.A. All this talking and chattering, drummers drumming their thighs, singers warming up their voices, bottles clinking, laughing. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018 Arrayed on top of it were glistening chunks of human flesh: a right calf, a right thigh, and a pelvis. Paul Collins,, "What lies in the lab: The gruesome murder at Harvard that transfixed New England," 11 July 2018 There also will be plenty of fried chicken sandwiches such as the Firebird, made with a spicy thigh, ranch dressing, crispy onions and pickles on a potato roll. Jenn Harris,, "Century City is about to get some serious fried chicken," 10 July 2018 The recipe Teigen linked to calls for a 3 ½ to 4 pound chicken cut up, or 3 ½ to 4 pounds of bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, like thighs, breasts, and legs. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Chrissy Teigen and I Would like You to Try This Sheet-Pan Meal," 29 June 2018 Finish the cooking, with the grill covered, as directed in your recipe; for most steaks, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, that means 4 to 7 minutes more. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018 The cryptic post accompanied a photo collage of what looks like a thigh, a hand, and a close-up of bronze glitter. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Becca and Chrissy Teigen Teased a Glittery New Beauty Product on Instagram," 18 June 2018 The four victims, who between them suffered gunshot wounds to their waists, shoulders, thighs, and buttocks, were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where they were listed in stable condition Friday morning. Katherine Nails,, "At least 9 wounded over 4 hours in Philly shootings," 15 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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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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