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

Examples of thigh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take an exaggerated step forward (around two feet in distance), then sink your hips into a lunge until your front thigh is parallel to the ground (or as deep as is comfortable). Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "7 Exercises for Stronger Hamstrings," 13 Sep. 2019 My midsection could wear the small/medium, but my thighs were a whole other deal. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "We Tried Kim Kardashian's SKIMS Shapewear Line—Here Are Our Thoughts," 10 Sep. 2019 Our thighs sticking with sweat to the upholstered benches, florescent lights beaming above us. Shailene Woodley, Time, "Shailene Woodley: How I'm Changing My Life to Help Save the Seas," 4 Sep. 2019 The sleep struggles persisted for about a month, and Gronkowski ended up getting a liter of blood removed from his thigh over the course of three visits to the hospital. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Rob Gronkowski says he’s not ready for a return to football," 27 Aug. 2019 The king of the gods is perched on Leda’s lap, claws sunk into her thighs, neck curled beneath her chin. Chiara Goia, Smithsonian, "The New Treasures of Pompeii," 21 Aug. 2019 The disease first started in his thigh and has quickly made its way through his hips, stomach, back and chest — causing unbearable joint and muscle pain. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Bedridden Teen Suffers from Rare Disease Turning Him Into Stone: 'It's Only Getting Worse'," 16 Aug. 2019 The men square off, pulling the tassels around their waists to the side, and then slap their thighs. James Whitlow Delano, National Geographic, "Here’s your ultimate Tokyo itinerary," 25 Apr. 2019 David Alaba has been ruled out for 'several weeks' after suffering a torn thigh muscle in the build-up to Bayern Munich's clash with RB Leipzig on Saturday. SI.com, "Bayern Munich Learn Extent of David Alaba Injury Sustained During RB Leipzig Warm-Up," 15 Sep. 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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The first known use of thigh was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for thigh

thigh

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How to pronounce thigh (audio)

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

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\ 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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