thigh

noun \ ˈthī \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of thigh

1 a :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

thighed

play \ˈthīd\ adjective

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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


THIGH Defined for English Language Learners

thigh

noun

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

thigh

noun \ ˈthī \

Definition of thigh for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

thigh

noun \ ˈthī \

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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