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 thigh (audio) \ adjective

Examples of thigh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Because this piece requires a bit of space, the thigh is worth considering for placement. Glamour, 21 May 2021 Heidi Firkus was pronounced dead at the scene, and Nicholas Firkus was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh, according to the warrant. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 20 May 2021 These have a cup pocket and feature a 100% sponge pad, which will protect against abrasions on the thigh or glute. Chris Hachey, BGR, 5 May 2021 Neighbor Sandy Armenta, who recorded the cellphone video, told NBC Los Angeles that Garcia somehow struck an officer in the lower thigh right before she was hit twice. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2021 The vaccine can also be injected into the thigh to prevent any issues with lymph node swelling. Denise Grady, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2021 Sciatica can cause back and leg pain and is due to compression on nerve roots or on the sciatic nerve which runs from the lower spine down the thigh. Fox News, 1 Jan. 2021 Styled in a cream-colou\red corset and trench coat, Eilish showed off a large tattoo on her upper thigh and abdomen. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 3 May 2021 One protester had to be carried away from a demonstration after she was hit with a beanbag gun shot at close range, leaving a gaping wound on her thigh. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Thigh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thigh. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for thigh

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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