thin·​ner ˈthi-nər How to pronounce thinner (audio)
: one that thins
specifically : a volatile liquid (such as turpentine) used especially to thin paint

Examples of thinner in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thinner was in 1832

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“Thinner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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thin·​ner ˈthin-ər How to pronounce thinner (audio)
: one that thins
especially : a liquid (as turpentine) used to thin paint

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