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Meaning of thick by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English thicke, from Old English þicce ( “thick, dense” ), from Proto-Germanic *þikkuz, *þikkwiz ( “thick” ), from Proto-Indo-European *tegus ( “thick” ). Cognate with Dutch dik ( “thick” ), German dick ( “thick” ), Swedish tjock ( “thick” ), Albanian thuk ( “I press, thicken, make dense” ), Old Irish tiug ( “thick” ) and Welsh tew ( “thick” ) .


    • enPR: thĭk, IPA: /θɪk/, X-SAMPA: /TIk/
    • Rhymes: -ɪk


    thick ( comparative thicker, superlative thickest )

    1. Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite in its smallest solid dimension .
    2. Measuring a certain number of units in this dimension .
      I want some planks that are two inches thick .
    3. Heavy in build; thickset .
      He had such a thick neck that he had to turn his body to look to the side .
    4. Densely crowded or packed .
      We walked through thick undergrowth .
    5. Having a viscous consistency .
      My mum’s gravy was thick but at least it moved about .
    6. Abounding in number .
      The room was thick with reporters .
    7. Impenetrable to sight .
      We drove through thick fog .
    8. Difficult to understand, or poorly articulated .
      We had difficulty understanding him with his thick accent .
    9. ( informal ) Stupid .
      He was as thick as two short planks .
    10. ( informal ) Friendly or intimate .
      They were as thick as thieves .
    11. Deep, intense, or profound .
      Thick darkness .




    thick ( comparative thicker, superlative thickest )

    1. In a thick manner .
      Snow lay thick on the ground .
    2. Thickly .
      Bread should be sliced thick to make toast .


    thick ( uncountable )

    1. The thickest, or most active or intense part of something .
      It was mayhem in the thick of battle .

    Derived terms


    thick ( third-person singular simple present thicks present participle thicking, simple past and past participle thicked )

    1. ( archaic, transitive ) To thicken .
      The nightmare Life-in-death was she, / Who thicks man's blood with cold. — Coleridge .

Explanation of thick by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in quick succession

    2. misfortunes come fast and thick
    3. with a thick consistency

    4. the blood was flowing thick
    1. abounding

    2. the top was thick with dust
    3. stupid

    4. associated on close terms

    5. the two were thick as thieves for months
    6. having component parts closely crowded together

    7. thick crowds
      a thick forest
      thick hair
    8. spoken as if with a thick tongue

    9. the thick speech of a drunkard
    10. ( of darkness ) very intense

    11. thick night
      thick darkness
    12. hard to pass through because of dense growth

    13. thick woods
    14. having a short and solid form or stature

    15. a thickset young man
    16. not thin

    17. an inch thick
      a thick board
      a thick sandwich
      spread a thick layer of butter
      thick coating of dust
      thick warm blankets
    18. relatively dense in consistency

    19. thick cream
      thick soup
      thick smoke
      thick fog
    1. the location of something surrounded by other things

    Definition of thick by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Thick ( thĭk ), a. [Compar. Thicker ( -ẽr ); superl. Thickest.] [OE. thicke, AS. þicce; akin to D. dik, OS. thikki, OHG. dicchi thick, dense, G. dick thick, Icel. þykkr, þjökkr, and probably to Gael. & Ir. tiugh. Cf. Tight.]
      1. Measuring in the third dimension other than length and breadth, or in general dimension other than length; -- said of a solid body; as, “a timber seven inches thick”.

      Were it as thick as is a branched oak. Chaucer.

      My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. 1 Kings xii. 10.

      2. Having more depth or extent from one surface to its opposite than usual; not thin or slender; as, “a thick plank; thick cloth; thick paper; thick neck”.

      3. Dense; not thin; inspissated; as, “thick vapors”. Also used figuratively; as, “thick darkness”.

      Make the gruel thick and slab. Shak.

      4. Not transparent or clear; hence, turbid, muddy, or misty; as, “the water of a river is apt to be thick after a rain”. “In a thick, misty day.” Sir W. Scott.

      5. Abundant, close, or crowded in space; closely set; following in quick succession; frequently recurring.

      The people were gathered thick together. Luke xi. 29.

      Black was the forest; thick with beech it stood. Dryden.

      6. Not having due distinction of syllables, or good articulation; indistinct; as, “a thick utterance”.

      7. Deep; profound; as, “thick sleep”. [R.] Shak.

      8. Dull; not quick; as, “thick of fearing”. Shak.

      His dimensions to any thick sight were invincible. Shak.

      9. Intimate; very friendly; familiar. [Colloq.]

      We have been thick ever since. T. Hughes.

      ☞ Thick is often used in the formation of compounds, most of which are self-explaining; as, thick-barred, thick-bodied, thick-coming, thick-cut, thick-flying, thick-growing, thick-leaved, thick-lipped, thick-necked, thick-planted, thick-ribbed, thick-shelled, thick-woven, and the like.

      Thick register. ( Phon. ) See the Note under Register, n., 7. -- Thick stuff ( Naut. ), all plank that is more than four inches thick and less than twelve. J. Knowles.

      Syn. -- Dense; close; compact; solid; gross; coarse.

    2. Thick, n.
      1. The thickest part, or the time when anything is thickest.

      In the thick of the dust and smoke. Knolles.

      2. A thicket; as, “gloomy thicks”. [Obs.] Drayton.

      Through the thick they heard one rudely rush. Spenser.

      He through a little window cast his sight

      Through thick of bars, that gave a scanty light. Dryden.

      Thick-and-thin block ( Naut. ), a fiddle block. See under Fiddle. -- Through thick and thin, through all obstacles and difficulties, both great and small.

      Through thick and thin she followed him. Hudibras.

      He became the panegyrist, through thick and thin, of a military frenzy. Coleridge.

    3. Thick ( thĭk ), adv. [AS. þicce.]
      1. Frequently; fast; quick.

      2. Closely; as, “a plat of ground thick sown”.

      3. To a great depth, or to a greater depth than usual; as, “land covered thick with manure”.

      Thick and threefold, in quick succession, or in great numbers. [Obs.] L'Estrange.

    4. Thick, v. t. & i. [Cf. AS. þiccian.] To thicken. [R.]

      The nightmare Life-in-death was she,

      Who thicks man's blood with cold. Coleridge.