thin

adjective
\ˈthin \
thinner; thinnest

Definition of thin 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having little extent from one surface to its opposite thin paper

b : measuring little in cross section or diameter thin rope

2 : not dense in arrangement or distribution thin hair

3 : not well fleshed : lean

4a : more fluid or rarefied than normal thin air

b : having less than the usual number : scanty thin attendance

c : few in number : scarce

d : scantily supplied

e : characterized by a paucity of bids or offerings a thin market

5a : lacking substance or strength thin broth a thin plot

b of a soil : infertile, poor

6a : flimsy, unconvincing a thin disguise

b : disappointingly poor or hard had a thin time of it

7 : somewhat feeble, shrill, and lacking in resonance a thin voice

8 : lacking in intensity or brilliance thin light

9 : lacking sufficient photographic density or contrast

thin on the ground

thin

verb
thinned; thinning

Definition of thin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to make thin or thinner:

a : to reduce in thickness or depth : attenuate

b : to make less dense or viscous

c : dilute, weaken

d : to cause to lose flesh thinned by weeks of privation

e : to reduce in number or bulk

intransitive verb

1 : to become thin or thinner

2 : to become weak

thin

adverb
thinner; thinnest

Definition of thin (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a thin manner : thinly used especially in combination thin-cladthin-flowing

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Other Words from thin

Adjective

thinly adverb
thinness \ˈthin-nəs \ noun
thinnish \ˈthi-nish \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for thin

Synonyms: Adjective

bony (also boney), fatless, lean, lithe, skinny, slender, slim, spare, svelte

Synonyms: Verb

adulterate, cut, dilute, extend, lace, sophisticate, water down, weaken

Antonyms: Adjective

chubby, corpulent, fat, obese, overweight, plump, portly, rotund, tubby

Antonyms: Verb

enrich, fortify, richen, strengthen

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Adjective

thin, slender, slim, slight, tenuous mean not thick, broad, abundant, or dense. thin implies comparatively little extension between surfaces or in diameter, or it may imply lack of substance, richness, or abundance. thin wire a thin soup slender implies leanness or spareness often with grace and good proportion. the slender legs of a Sheraton chair slim applies to slenderness that suggests fragility or scantiness. a slim volume of poetry a slim chance slight implies smallness as well as thinness. a slight build tenuous implies extreme thinness, sheerness, or lack of substance and firmness. a tenuous thread

Examples of thin in a Sentence

Adjective

a thin coating of dust pizza with a thin crust a thin slice of ham a thin stand of trees

Verb

He added a little more water to thin the gravy. The haze thinned in the late afternoon. His face has been thinned by illness.

Adverb

She sliced the cheese thin.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

It's been whispered around the horse racing community that Justify’s remaining race schedule this year could be very thin and that was before this. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! CHRB ready to tackle Golden Gate issue," 12 July 2018 For maximum effectiveness, the Ultra-Ever Dry must be applied in a tightly controlled, very thin, very even layer (a wet thickness of 76 to 127 microns for the bottom layer, according to the documentation). Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "The Internet-demanded, partially scientific testing of Ultra-Ever Dry (in HD!)," 4 July 2018 The one-time treatment is dripped directly into the brain through a thin tube. Marilynn Marchione, The Seattle Times, "Enemy turned ally: Poliovirus is used to fight brain tumors," 26 June 2018 The one-time treatment is dripped directly into the brain through a thin tube. Marilynn Marchione, chicagotribune.com, "Enemy turned ally: How poliovirus is used to fight brain tumors," 26 June 2018 The treatment is dripped directly into the brain through a thin tube. Washington Post, "Enemy turned ally: Poliovirus is used to fight brain tumors," 26 June 2018 Rafful says there’s a very thin line between coerced and mandatory drug treatments. Fox News, "Should people with drug addictions be forced into rehab?," 24 June 2018 Weaknesses • Very thin and can be pushed around inside. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "2018 NBA Draft: Raymond Spalding Scouting Report and Highlights," 16 June 2018 Over the last month Decatur drivers may have noticed a series of thin tubes crisscrossing intersections, particularly downtown. Bill Banks, ajc, "Decatur looking to upgrade signal timing through downtown," 31 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Erstwhile Mumbaities, David Cooper and his wife, Zerin, are worried though about the rapidly thinning security staff and recent break-ins. Anto Antony, Bloomberg.com, "Billionaire’s Folly Becomes Bankers’ Nightmare," 18 June 2018 Keenan than supposedly went on to address the thinning patience of his fans, who have been anxiously waiting 12 years for a new Tool album. Mackenzie Cummings-grady, Billboard, "Tool Gives Heartwarming Tribute to Chris Cornell at 'Rock The Range' Festival," 21 May 2018 Nature has a way of thinning them out, Farrell said. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 Season with salt and pepper, then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of sherry vinegar, the sugar and a big splash of water to thin it out. Chris Ross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Blender gazpacho has umami flavors," 9 July 2018 Rewards totaling $15,000 have been offered for information leading to the arrest of Steven Joshua Wiggins, 31, a white male with thinning brown hair. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Affidavit: Woman was in car when suspect fatally shot Tenn. deputy," 31 May 2018 Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted — everyone in our state must be prepared [East coast residents are thanking him at this point for thinning the beach crowds]. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Memo to Gov. Rick Scott: A real Floridian doesn’t get hysterical over rain and squalls," 29 May 2018 What hair-care products are out there for thinning hair? Marci Robin, Teen Vogue, "Sarah Hyland Discusses Post-Kidney Transplant Hair Loss," 30 Apr. 2018 If the sauce gets too thick, add a little water to thin it out. Celestina Blok, star-telegram, "Need a new recipe for Easter brunch? Local chefs share faves from their restaurants | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Resources at many university counseling centers are stretched thin, forcing students to wait weeks for an appointment. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 Resources at many university counseling centers are stretched thin, forcing students to wait weeks for an appointment. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 Resources at many university counseling centers are stretched thin, forcing students to wait weeks for an appointment. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 Relievers Ryan Meisinger and Paul Fry will join the Orioles on Friday, according to an industry source, providing cover for a bullpen that's been stretched thin over the last week. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles to add relievers Ryan Meisinger, Paul Fry to bullpen," 29 June 2018 Resources at many university counseling centers are stretched thin, forcing students to wait weeks for an appointment. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 Resources at many university counseling centers are stretched thin, forcing students to wait weeks for an appointment. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 France’s army is stretched thin, distracted by commitments to its former colonies in Africa. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "America Pitches Its Potential Defense Plan for Europe," 7 June 2018 Resources at many university counseling centers are stretched thin, forcing students to wait weeks for an appointment. Aneri Pattani, Philly.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of thin

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thin

Adjective

Middle English thinne, from Old English thynne; akin to Old High German dunni thin, Latin tenuis thin, tenēre to hold, tendere to stretch, Greek teinein

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thin

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having a small distance between the top and bottom or front and back surfaces : not thick

: not having a lot of extra flesh on the body : not fat

: not growing closely together : not growing in a large amount

thin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thin (Entry 2 of 3)

: to become less crowded, close together, or full

: to make (a liquid) less thick by adding water or some other liquid to it

of a person's hair : to become less thick as more hairs fall out over time

thin

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of thin (Entry 3 of 3)

: in a way that makes thin pieces, layers, etc.

thin

adjective
\ˈthin \
thinner; thinnest

Kids Definition of thin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having little body fat

2 : having little size from one surface to its opposite : not thick a thin board

3 : having the parts not close together thin hair

4 : flowing very easily a thin soup

5 : having less than the usual number Attendance was thin.

6 : not very convincing a thin excuse

7 : somewhat weak or high a thin voice

8 : having less oxygen than normal thin air

Other Words from thin

thinly adverb
thinness noun

thin

verb
thinned; thinning

Kids Definition of thin (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become smaller in thickness or number The crowd was beginning to thin.

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