Definition of thigh
1a : the proximal segment of the vertebrate hind or lower limb extending from the hip to the kneeb : the segment of the leg immediately distal to the thigh in a bird or in a quadruped in which the true thigh is obscuredc : the femur of an insect
2 : something resembling or covering a thigh
thighedplay \ˈthīd\ adjective
Recent Examples of thigh from the Web
Richard Gasquet retired from his all-French third-round match against Gael Monfils at Roland Garros after getting treatment on his right thigh.
Lay on your back and squeeze a medicine ball between your forearm and your thigh.
The victim was shot to the thigh area and taken to a local hospital by private vehicle.
What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before?
There are the thigh-high black leather boots worn by enlisted women to protect their legs from mosquitos before they were allowed to wear pants.
Halfway through the vicious gunbattle with San Bernardino terrorists Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik, police officer Nick Koahou felt a pain in his left thigh.
The Swedish supermodel brought a touch of Cinderella magic to the premiere in a custom Alberta Ferretti powder blue off-the-shoulder gown with thigh-grazing slit.
Cuddling up naked with a dude, his erect penis resting between your thighs?
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Origin and Etymology of thigh
Middle English, from Old English thēoh; akin to Old High German dioh thigh, Lithuanian taukai, plural, fat
First Known Use: before 12th century
THIGH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of thigh for English Language Learners
: the part of your leg that is above the knee
: the side part of the leg of a bird
THIGH Defined for Kids
Definition of thigh for Students
: the part of a leg between the hip and the knee
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 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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