thigh

noun
\ ˈthī How to pronounce thigh (audio) \

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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Other Words from thigh

thighed \ ˈthīd How to pronounce thighed (audio) \ adjective

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The Colorado teen, who wishes to not to be identified, was gouged in his right thigh after being struck by the bison with his horn, during a hike in the North Dakota state park. Nadia Suleman, Time, "Colorado Teen is Hospitalized After Bison Attack at Theodore Roosevelt National Park," 30 July 2019 Gilchrist, a 27-year-old attacker who also was part of the United States’ gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympics, sustained some deep lacerations on her left leg and got some stitches for cuts on her left thigh. Daily Pilot, "Newport Harbor High grad Kaleigh Gilchrist recalls balcony accident at world championships," 29 July 2019 Gilchrist, a 27-year-old attacker from Newport Beach, California, who also was part of the United States' gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympics, sustained some deep lacerations on her left leg and got some stitches for cuts on her left thigh. CBS News, "Injured U.S. athlete Kaleigh Gilchrist says she's "lucky" after deadly balcony collapse in South Korea," 29 July 2019 William Angell, 49, suffered cuts to his right thigh from the attack off New Smyrna Beach around 4:30 p.m., FOX 10 of Phoenix reported. Fox News, "Shark bites Arizona man, 49, boogie boarding off Florida's Atlantic coast," 28 July 2019 The man was treated on the scene for lacerations to his right thigh, the statement said. Sophie Sherry, CNN, "There were two shark attacks off the coast of Florida this weekend," 28 July 2019 William Angell, 49, was bitten on his right thigh while in the ocean off the 2000 Block North at 4:30 p.m. Angell received lacerations from one strike, the report stated, and did not see the shark. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Boogie boarder suffers shark bite off New Smyrna Beach," 27 July 2019 Sutherland fired multiple shots that hit his neighbor in the back of his left thigh, according to the arrest citation. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville man shot neighbor and fired at home in Portland neighborhood, police say," 24 July 2019 On average, the circumference of their thighs decreased by 0.7 cm and their upper arms decreased by 0.8 cm over those six weeks. A.a. Newton, SELF, "Caffeine Doesn’t Really 'Wake Up' Your Skin—But It Might Do Something Else," 11 July 2019

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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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thigh

noun

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

thigh

noun
\ ˈthī How to pronounce thigh (audio) \

Kids Definition of thigh

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

thigh

noun
\ ˈthī How to pronounce thigh (audio) \

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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