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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Authorities said both a 32-year-old man who was shot in the chest and thigh, and a 26-year-old man shot in the chest, were killed. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "5 killed, 9 others wounded in shootings overnight Saturday into Sunday," 1 Sep. 2019 The menu includes: pulled pork sliders, BBQ chicken thighs, coleslaw, pickles, chips and a TBD dessert. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "It’s Lobsterfest time again in Brecksville and you’re invited: Talk of the Towns," 29 Aug. 2019 Diagrams of injuries to Marvin Hajos, 75, show more than a dozen lacerations across his face, neck, back, abdomen, thighs, legs and right arm, including damage to his brachial artery, the major blood vessel of the upper arm. Eve Rosen, orlandosentinel.com, "Bird in deadly Florida attack severed artery in man’s arm," 28 Aug. 2019 The victim was struck in the thigh, hand, arms and abdomen. Kayla Epstein, Washington Post, "A cop says he ‘blacked out’ and fired his gun. Prosecutors say he killed his estranged wife.," 22 Aug. 2019 There’s no beholding distance from their monotonously compact, rounded breasts and thunderous thighs, smushed into depthless landscapes and interiors, and thus no imaginable approach to intimacy. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Renoir’s Problem Nudes," 19 Aug. 2019 Hemlines can hit anywhere from mid-thigh to low-calf. Sharon Graubard, courant.com, "Fashion report: Cool classics for fall," 15 Aug. 2019 The actors also took turns inviting each other to touch agreed-upon body parts: hand, knee, thigh, and so on. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, "The Sex-Scene Coach," 6 Aug. 2019 In preparation for his meeting with Esav, Jacob wrestles with a mysterious stranger and is struck in the hollow (kaf) of his thigh (Genesis 32:26). Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, "National events serve as a corrective for individual ones," 5 Aug. 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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