thick

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (meme slang: curvy): thicc

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English thikke, from Old English þicce (thick, dense), from Proto-West Germanic *þikkwī, from Proto-Germanic *þekuz (thick), from Proto-Indo-European *tégus (thick).

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Adjective[edit]

thick (comparative thicker, superlative thickest)

  1. Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite in its smallest solid dimension.
    Synonyms: broad; see also Thesaurus:wide
    Antonyms: slim, thin; see also Thesaurus:narrow
  2. Measuring a certain number of units in this dimension.
    I want some planks that are two inches thick.
  3. Heavy in build; thickset.
    Synonyms: chunky, solid, stocky, thickset
    Antonyms: slender, slight, slim, svelte, thin; see also Thesaurus:slender
    • 2007, James T. Knight, Queen of the Hustle:
      As she twirled around in front of the mirror admiring how the dress showed off her thick booty, she felt like a princess in a children's storybook.
    • 2009, Kenny Attaway, Nuthouse Love, page 82:
      JJ loved “average hood girls”, Cody loved dark-skinned thick girls and Mooch lusted for yellow-boned skinny woman.
    He had such a thick neck that he had to turn his body to look to the side.
  4. Densely crowded or packed.
    Synonyms: crowded, dense, packed; see also Thesaurus:compact
    Antonyms: sparse; see also Thesaurus:diffuse
    • 1913, Joseph C[rosby] Lincoln, chapter III, in Mr. Pratt’s Patients, New York, N.Y., London: D[aniel] Appleton and Company, →OCLC:
      My hopes wa'n't disappointed. I never saw clams thicker than they was along them inshore flats. I filled my dreener in no time, and then it come to me that 'twouldn't be a bad idee to get a lot more, take 'em with me to Wellmouth, and peddle 'em out. Clams was fairly scarce over that side of the bay and ought to fetch a fair price.
    We walked through thick undergrowth.
  5. Having a viscous consistency.
    Synonyms: glutinous, viscous; see also Thesaurus:viscous
    Antonyms: free-flowing, runny; see also Thesaurus:runny
    My mum’s gravy was thick but at least it moved about.
  6. Abounding in number.
    Synonyms: overflowing, swarming, teeming; see also Thesaurus:plentiful
    Antonyms: scant, scarce, slight
    The room was thick with reporters.
  7. Impenetrable to sight.
    Synonyms: dense, opaque, solid; see also Thesaurus:opaque
    Antonyms: thin, transparent; see also Thesaurus:transparent
    We drove through thick fog.
  8. (Of an accent) Prominent, strong.
    1. Greatly evocative of one's nationality or place of origin.
      He answered me in his characteristically thick Creole patois.
    2. Difficult to understand, or poorly articulated.
      Synonyms: unclear; see also Thesaurus:incomprehensible
      Antonyms: clear, lucid; see also Thesaurus:comprehensible
      We had difficulty understanding him with his thick accent.
  9. (informal) Stupid.
    Synonyms: dense, (informal) dumb, stupid, (taboo slang) thick as pigshit, (slang) thick as two short planks; see also Thesaurus:stupid
    Antonyms: (informal) brainy, intelligent, smart; see also Thesaurus:intelligent
    He was as thick as two short planks.
  10. (informal) Friendly or intimate.
    Synonyms: (UK, informal) chummy, close, close-knit, friendly, (informal) pally, intimate, tight-knit
    Antonym: unacquainted
    They were as thick as thieves.
    • 1859, Thomas Hughes, The Scouring of the White Horse:
      Jem is a tall, good-looking fellow, as old as I am, and that's twenty-one last birthday; we came into the office together years ago, and have been very thick ever since
  11. Deep, intense, or profound.
    Synonyms: great, extreme
    Thick darkness.
  12. (academic) Detailed and expansive; substantive.
    • 2006, Christopher Carr, D. Troy Case, “The Gathering of Hopewell”, in Christopher Carr, D. Troy Case, editors, Gathering Hopewell: Society, Ritual, and Ritual Interaction, →ISBN, page 47:
      Thick prehistory also is interested in a much broader array of topics than the perennial sociological concern for how individuals relate to the collective and how social continuity and change occur in light of that relationship; thick prehistory addresses the social, biological, and psychological person.
    • 2013, John O. McGinnis, Michael B. Rappaport, Originalism and the Good Constitution, →ISBN, page 5:
      A thick theory, such as libertarianism or socialism, is not appropriate as the basis for a constitution in a pluralistic society in which the people hold differing views about the good (or justice).
    • 2021, Wanjiru Njoya, Economic Freedom and Social Justice: The Classical Ideal of Equality in Contexts of Racial Diversity, →ISBN, page 95:
      Nor is his defence of market capitalism likely to persuade all his progressive friends, because no matter how much fairness is achieved through an application of the difference principle, they are reluctant to accept Tomasi’s defence of private property rights or a thick concept of economic freedom.
  13. (UK, dated) Troublesome; unreasonable.
    • 1969, Anita Leslie, Lady Randolph Churchill, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, page 288:
      "Of course I was eager to put her affairs in order," George told my father, "but I found it a bit thick when expected to pay for Lord Randolph Churchill's barouche purchased in the '80s."
  14. (slang, chiefly of women) Curvy and voluptuous, and especially having large hips.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:voluptuous

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terms derived from thick (adjective)

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Adverb[edit]

thick (comparative thicker, superlative thickest)

  1. In a thick manner.
    Snow lay thick on the ground.
  2. Frequently or numerously.
    The arrows flew thick and fast around us.

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Noun[edit]

thick (plural thicks)

  1. The thickest, or most active or intense, part of something.
    It was mayhem in the thick of battle.
  2. A thicket.
  3. (slang) A stupid person; a fool.
    • 2014, Joseph O'Connor, The Thrill of It All, page 100:
      If there was doctorates in bollocksology and scratching yourself in bed, the two of you'd be professors by now. Pair of loafing, idle thicks.

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (archaic, transitive, intransitive) To thicken.

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Determiner[edit]

thick

  1. Alternative form of thilk (that same)

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Noun[edit]

thick

  1. Alternative form of titch
    • 1927, “ZONG OF TWI MAARKEET MOANS”, in THE ANCIENT DIALECT OF THE BARONIES OF FORTH AND BARGY, COUNTY WEXFORD, page 129, line 3:
      Themost wi egges an heimost wi thick,
      One had eggs and another had a kid,
    • 1927, “ZONG OF TWI MAARKEET MOANS”, in THE ANCIENT DIALECT OF THE BARONIES OF FORTH AND BARGY, COUNTY WEXFORD, page 129, line 5:
      Thick besom fighed a spagh wi kick an a blaake,
      The kid angry gave a struggle, with a kick and a bleat,
    • 1927, “ZONG OF TWI MAARKEET MOANS”, in THE ANCIENT DIALECT OF THE BARONIES OF FORTH AND BARGY, COUNTY WEXFORD, page 129, line 14:
      Thou liest valse co secun that thou an ye thick
      You lie false, said the second, that you and your kid,

References[edit]

  • Kathleen A. Browne (1927) The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Sixth Series, Vol.17 No.2, Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, page 129