- enPR: thĭk, IPA: /θɪk/, X-SAMPA: /TIk/
- Rhymes: -ɪk
- Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite in its smallest solid dimension .
- Measuring a certain number of units in this dimension .
- Heavy in build; thickset .
- Densely crowded or packed .
- Having a viscous consistency .
- Abounding in number .
- Impenetrable to sight .
- Difficult to understand, or poorly articulated .
- ( informal ) Stupid .
- ( informal ) Friendly or intimate .
- Deep, intense, or profound .
- Thick darkness .
- ( relatively great in extent from one surface to another ): broad
- ( measuring a certain number of units in this dimension ):
- ( heavy in build ): chunky, solid, stocky, thickset
- ( densely crowded or packed ): crowded, dense, packed
- ( having a viscous consistency ): glutinous, viscous
- ( abounding in number ): overflowing, swarming, teeming
- ( impenetrable to sight ): dense, opaque, solid
- ( difficult to understand, poorly articulated ): unclear
- ( informal: stupid ): dense, dumb ( informal ), stupid, thick as pigshit ( taboo slang ), thick as two short planks ( slang )
- ( friendly, intimate ): chummy ( UK, informal ), close, close-knit, friendly, pally ( informal ), intimate, tight-knit
- ( deep, intense, or profound ): great, extreme
- See also Wikisaurus:stupid
- ( relatively great in extent from one surface to another ): slim, thin
- ( heavy in build ): slender, slight, slim, svelte, thin
- ( densely crowded or packed ): sparse
- ( having a viscous consistency ): free-flowing, runny
- ( abounding in number ):
- ( impenetrable to sight ): thin, transparent
- ( difficult to understand, poorly articulated ): clear, lucid
- ( informal: stupid ): brainy ( informal ), intelligent, smart
- ( friendly, intimate ): unacquainted
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” ) .
Explanation of thick by Wordnet Dictionary
- misfortunes come fast and thick
- thick crowds
- a thick forest
- thick hair
- thick night
- thick darkness
- thick woods
- an inch thick
- a thick board
- a thick sandwich
- spread a thick layer of butter
- thick coating of dust
- thick warm blankets
- thick cream
- thick soup
- thick smoke
- thick fog
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of thick by GCIDE Dictionary