\ 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 To detect malignant lesions, the team focused on three areas most likely to contain secondary malignant growth in people with cancer -- the spinal column, pelvis and thigh bone. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Plague wasn't the only disease that afflicted medieval Britons. Cancer did, too," 29 Apr. 2021 The aging ayatollah, who underwent surgery for a fractured thigh bone last year, looked tired. Time, "Pope Francis and Top Iraq Shiite Cleric Hold Historic Meeting," 6 Mar. 2021 Shields gave no indication what caused the injury to her femur, or thigh bone, the largest bone in the human body. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Brooke Shields broke her femur, shares recovery video learning to walk again: 'Beginning to mend'," 22 Feb. 2021 The team is thinnest at cornerback, especially if Dre Kirkpatrick (thigh) is not ready to go. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, "LB Markus Golden injects new life into Arizona Cardinals defense," 6 Nov. 2020 The 20 stone tools and ochre, which can be used to tan hides, were neatly stacked next to the top of one individual’s thigh bone, as if they had been held in a leather pouch that had disintegrated. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Woman the hunter: Ancient Andean remains challenge old ideas of who speared big game," 4 Nov. 2020 Archaeologists near Stonehenge, where acoustics favor listeners in the inner circle, found a flute made from a human thigh bone. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, "Findings," 27 Oct. 2020 Other bullets struck her forearm, thigh, abdomen, foot and right heel. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Breonna Taylor autopsy report reveals how Louisville police bullets killed her," 26 Sep. 2020 The retailer celebrates curves while offering a wide range of clothing, accessories, and shoe options, including thigh-high boots, which used to be rare for plus-size shoppers. Marie Lodi, Glamour, "The 17 Best Plus-Size Clothing Stores to Keep on Your Radar," 14 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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5 May 2021

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“Thigh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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


\ ˈthī How to pronounce thigh (audio) \

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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