thin

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thin, thinne, from Old English þynne, from Proto-Germanic *þunnuz (thin), (compare Proto-Germanic *þanjaną (to stretch, spread out)), from Proto-Indo-European *ténh₂us (thin), from Proto-Indo-European *tenw(ə)- (to pull, stretch).

Adjective[edit]

thin (comparative thinner, superlative thinnest)

  1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite.
    thin plate of metal
    thin paper
    thin board
    thin covering
  2. Very narrow in all diameters; having a cross section that is small in all directions.
    thin wire
    thin string
  3. Having little body fat or flesh; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.
    thin person
  4. Of low viscosity or low specific gravity, e.g., as is water compared to honey.
  5. Scarce; not close, crowded, or numerous; not filling the space.
    The trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin.
    • Addison
      Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.
  6. (golf) Describing a poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.
  7. Lacking body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
    • Dryden
      thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams
  8. Slight; small; slender; flimsy; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering.
    a thin disguise

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Noun[edit]

thin (plural thins)

  1. (philately) A loss or tearing of paper from the back of a stamp, although not sufficient to create a complete hole.
  2. Any food produced or served in thin slices.
    chocolate mint thins
    potato thins

Verb[edit]

thin (third-person singular simple present thins, present participle thinning, simple past and past participle thinned)

  1. (transitive) To make thin or thinner.
  2. (intransitive) To become thin or thinner.
  3. To dilute.
  4. To remove some plants in order to improve the growth of those remaining.

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Adverb[edit]

thin (comparative more thin, superlative most thin)

  1. Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state.
    seed sown thin
    • Francis Bacon
      Spain is thin sown of people.

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Old Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *þīnaz.

Determiner[edit]

thīn

  1. thy, your (singular)
  2. thine, yours

Descendants[edit]

  • Middle Dutch: dijn

Old Saxon[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *þīnaz.

Determiner[edit]

thīn

  1. thy, your (singular)
  2. thine, yours
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Etymology 2[edit]

See here.

Determiner[edit]

thin

  1. Instrumental singular masculine and neuter form of thē

Welsh[edit]

Noun[edit]

thin f

  1. Mutated form of tin.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tin din nhin thin