thin

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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
    • 1945, George Orwell, Animal Farm, chapter 7
      Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe that it was Snowball who had destroyed the windmill: they said that it had fallen down because the walls were too thin.
  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

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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 or parts of plants in order to improve the growth of what remains.
    • 2015 September 5, Mark Diacono, “In praise of the Asian pear”, in The Daily Telegraph (Gardening)[1], archived from the original on 12 September 2015, page 3:
      So floriferous are Asian pears, and the tree so laden with young fruit, that as the tree approaches maturity it is worth considering thinning the fruit (I can't quite bring myself to thin the flowers) so as to neither overburden the tree for this year nor tire it for the next. Thinning early in the season, while the fruit is small, is ideal.

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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

  1. Aspirate mutation of tin.

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tin din nhin thin
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.