Middle English , from thicke 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 ”).
thick ( comparative , thicker superlative ) thickest
Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite in its smallest solid dimension.
: 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess 
The face which emerged was not reassuring. It was blunt and grey, the nose springing thick and flat from high on the frontal bone of the forehead, whilst his eyes were narrow slits of dark in a tight bandage of tissue. […].
Measuring a certain number of units in this dimension.
I want some planks that are two inches thick.
Heavy in build; thickset.
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.
He had such a thick neck that he had to turn his body to look to the side.
Densely crowded or packed.
: 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, Mr. Pratt's Patients
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. Having a
My mum’s gravy was thick but at least it moved about.
Abounding in number.
The room was thick with reporters.
Impenetrable to sight.
We drove through thick fog.
Difficult to understand, or poorly articulated.
We had difficulty understanding him with his thick accent.
( informal ) Stupid.
He was as thick as two short planks.
( informal ) Friendly or intimate.
They were as thick as thieves. T. Hughes
We have been
thick ever since.
Deep, intense, or profound.
( 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
( 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
Derived terms Edit
terms derived from
relatively great in extent from one surface to another
( سميك samīk), ( غليظ ġalīẓ), ( كثيف kaṯīf) Armenian:
( հաստ hast) Aromanian:
( ҡалын qalïn) Belarusian:
( тоўсты tóŭsty) Bulgarian:
дебел ( (bg) debél) Burmese:
ထူထဲ ( (my) htu-htai:) Chamicuro:
, s̈hawkolo tiki'tsa Chinese:
厚 ( (zh) hòu) Cornish:
tlustý (cs) m Dalmatian:
dik , (nl) dikke (nl) Finnish:
paksu (fi) French:
épais , (fr) gros (fr) Friulian:
Georgian: please add this translation if you can German:
dick (de) Greek:
παχής ( m pachís) Hebrew:
( עבה ‘aveh) Hindi:
मोटा ( (hi) moṭā) Hungarian:
vastag (hu) Indonesian:
tebal (id) Irish:
tiubh Old Irish:
spesso (it) , m spessa f Japanese:
太い ( (ja) ) ( ふとい, futoi of tube, etc.), 厚い ( (ja) ) ( あつい, atsui of book, etc.) Jèrriais:
ជុក ( (km) cuk), ក្រាស់ ( (km) kras') Korean:
두껍다 ( (ko) dukkeopda) Kurdish:
measuring a certain number of units in this dimension
densely crowded or packed
having a viscous consistency
abounding in number
( күп һанлы küp hanlï) Japanese:
( 混んだ konda)
difficult to understand, poorly articulated
thick ( comparative , thicker superlative ) thickest In a thick manner.
Snow lay thick on the ground.
Bread should be sliced thick to make toast. Frequently; in great numbers.
The arrows flew thick and fast around us.
thick ( ) uncountable The
thickest, or most active or intense, part of something.
It was mayhem in the thick of battle. Dryden
He through a little window cast his sight / Through
thick of bars, that gave a scanty light. A
thick they heard one rudely rush.
Derived terms Edit
most active or intense part of something
vuur van de strijd German:
mitten in Italian:
folto (it) m
oru ( of a group of people , ) haputa ( of battle ) Portuguese:
grosso (pt) m Russian:
гуща (ru) ( f gúšča)
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thick ( third-person singular simple present , thicks present participle , thicking simple past and past participle ) thicked
( archaic , transitive ) To thicken.
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