thick


thick
adjective
1》 with opposite sides or surfaces relatively far apart.
    ↘(of a garment or similar item) made of heavy material.
2》 made up of a large number of things or people close together.
    ↘(thick with) densely filled or covered with.
    ↘(of the air or atmosphere, or a substance in the air) opaque, heavy, or dense: thick fog.
3》 (of a liquid or a semi-liquid substance) relatively firm in consistency; not flowing freely.
4》 informal of low intelligence; stupid.
5》 (of a voice) hoarse or husky.
    ↘(of an accent) very marked and difficult to understand.
6》 informal having a very close, friendly relationship.
noun (the thick) the middle or the busiest part of something: in the thick of battle.
adverb thickly: bread spread thick with butter.
Phrases
be thick on the ground see ground1.
a bit thick Brit. informal unfair or unreasonable.
give someone (or get) a thick ear Brit. informal punish someone (or be punished) with a blow on the ear.
have a thick skin see skin.
thick and fast rapidly and in great numbers.
(as) thick as thieves informal very close or friendly.
(as) thick as two (short) planks (or as a plank) Brit. informal very stupid.
through thick and thin under all circumstances, no matter how difficult.
Derivatives
thickish adjective
thickly adverb
Origin
OE thicce, of Gmc origin.

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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