thick1 [ θık ] adjective ***
▸ 1 long between edges
▸ 2 growing close together
▸ 3 not flowing easily
▸ 4 filling air completely
▸ 5 full of something
▸ 6 hard to understand
▸ 7 stupid
▸ 8 very friendly with someone
1. ) a thick object or material has a long distance between two opposite sides, edges, or surfaces:
She was wearing a thick wool sweater.
a thick layer of snow
Cut the bread into thick slices.
Try not to make too much noise the walls aren't very thick.
a ) used for stating the distance between the opposite surfaces or edges of a solid object:
The walls in our house are only a few inches thick.
It is a rectangular piece of wood, perhaps 5 centimeters thick.
2. ) thick hair or fur is made of many small hairs growing very close together:
Her thick dark hair hangs all the way to her shoulders.
a thick beard
a ) a thick forest, bush, area of grass, etc. is made of many trees, leaves, or plants growing very close together:
a thick row of trees
3. ) a thick liquid is more stiff or solid than normal and does not flow easily:
For dessert, serve strawberries covered in thick sweet cream.
The soup should be nice and thick.
4. ) thick smoke, cloud, FOG, etc. fills the air completely, so that it is difficult to see or difficult to breathe:
Thick fog prevented Bobby from returning home.
5. ) thick with if a place is thick with something, it is full of it:
The airport was thick with police officers.
The air was thick with savory smells.
6. ) a thick ACCENT shows very clearly that the speaker comes from a particular place because of the way their words sound:
He speaks Spanish fluently, but with a thick American accent.
a ) thick with if your voice is thick with an emotion it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion:
His voice was thick with fury.
7. ) INFORMAL stupid:
He's rich, but a little thick.
a ) get something into/through your thick head/skull INFORMAL to start understanding something. This expression is used when you are angry and you think someone is being stupid:
Will you get it into your thick head that I'm not coming!
8. ) MAINLY BRITISH SPOKEN very friendly with someone
have a thick skin
to not be sensitive to criticism or insults:
To be a politician, you have to have a thick skin.
thick 2 [ θık ] adverb *
in a way that makes something thick or produces a thick layer or piece of something:
Don't slice the meat so thick.
lay it on thick INFORMAL
to try to persuade someone that something is better, bigger, more important, etc. than it really is
thick and fast
frequently and in large numbers or amounts:
Applications have been coming in thick and fast.
thick 3 [ θık ] noun
the thick of something
the most busy, active, or dangerous part of a situation, event, or activity:
He was always in the thick of the action.
through thick and thin
in all situations, especially the most difficult ones

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • Thick — (th[i^]k), a. [Compar. {Thicker} ( [ e]r); superl. {Thickest}.] [OE. thicke, AS. [thorn]icce; akin to D. dik, OS. thikki, OHG. dicchi thick, dense, G. dick thick, Icel. [thorn]ykkr, [thorn]j[ o]kkr, and probably to Gael. & Ir. tiugh. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thick — [thik] adj. [ME thikke < OE thicce, thick, dense, akin to Ger dick < IE base * tegu , thick, fat > OIr tiug] 1. having relatively great depth; of considerable extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thin [a thick board] 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • thick — ► ADJECTIVE 1) with opposite sides or surfaces relatively far apart. 2) (of a garment or fabric) made of heavy material. 3) made up of a large number of things or people close together: thick forest. 4) (thick with) densely filled or covered with …   English terms dictionary

  • thick — thick; thick·en; thick·en·er; thick·et; thick·et·ed; thick·ety; thick·ish; thick·ly; thick·ness; thick·head·ed·ly; thick·head·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • Thick — Thick, n. 1. The thickest part, or the time when anything is thickest. [1913 Webster] In the thick of the dust and smoke. Knolles. [1913 Webster] 2. A thicket; as, gloomy thicks. [Obs.] Drayton. [1913 Webster] Through the thick they heard one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thick — [adj1] deep, bulky blubbery, broad, burly, chunky, compact, concrete, consolidated, fat, firm, hard, heavy, high, husky, massive, obese, pudgy, solid, squat, stocky, stubby, stumpy, substantial, thickset, wide; concepts 491,773 Ant. attenuated,… …   New thesaurus

  • Thick — can refer to:* Thick description of human behavior * Thick set, a set of integers * Thick Records, a record label * Thick Physique * A thick , someone lacking in intelligence. Stupid person …   Wikipedia

  • thick — (adj.) O.E. þicce not thin, dense, from P.Gmc. *theku , *thekwia (Cf. O.S. thikki, O.H.G. dicchi, Ger. dick, O.N. þykkr, O.Fris. thikke), from PIE *tegu thick (Cf. Gaelic tiugh). Secondary O.E. sense of close together is preserved in …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thick — (th[i^]k), adv. [AS. [thorn]icce.] 1. Frequently; fast; quick. [1913 Webster] 2. Closely; as, a plat of ground thick sown. [1913 Webster] 3. To a great depth, or to a greater depth than usual; as, land covered thick with manure. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thick´en|er — thick|en «THIHK uhn», transitive verb. to make thick or thicker: »to thicken a wall. Mother thickens the gravy with flour. SYNONYM(S): coagulate, congeal, condense. –v.i. 1. to become thick or thicker: »The pudding will thicken as it cools. The… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thick|en — «THIHK uhn», transitive verb. to make thick or thicker: »to thicken a wall. Mother thickens the gravy with flour. SYNONYM(S): coagulate, congeal, condense. –v.i. 1. to become thick or thicker: »The pudding will thicken as it cools. The weather… …   Useful english dictionary