Alternative forms Edit
Middle English , from thicke Old English þicce ( “ thick, dense ” ), from Proto-Germanic *þekuz ( “ thick ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *tégus ( “ thick ” ). Cognate with Danish tyk ( “ thick ” ), Dutch dik ( “ thick ” ), Faroese tjúkkur ( “ thick ” ), German dick ( “ thick ” ), Icelandic þykkur ( “ thick ” ), Norwegian Bokmål tykk ( “ thick ” ), Norwegian Nynorsk tjukk ( “ thick ” ), Saterland Frisian tjuk ( “ thick ” ), Swedish tjock ( “ thick ” ). Related to 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, in 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.
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.
Densely crowded or packed.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 3, in : 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.
(Can we date this quote?) T. Hughes
We have been
thick ever since.
Deep, intense, or profound.
( Britain , dated ) troublesome; unreasonable
1969 Anita Leslie, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, page 288:
Lady Randolph Churchill, "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."
( slang , chiefly of women ) Curvy and voluptuous, and especially having large hips.
( 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 ) : ing, overflow 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
سَمِيك ( samīk ), غَلِيظ ( ḡalīẓ ), كَثِيف ( kaṯīf )
سَميك ( samīk ), ثَخين ( taḵīn ) Armenian:
հաստ (hy) ( hast ) Aromanian:
qalın (az) Bashkir:
ҡалын ( qalïn ) Basque:
lodi , (eu) mardul (eu) Belarusian:
то́ўсты ( tóŭsty ) Bulgarian:
дебе́л (bg) ( debél ) Burmese:
ထူ (my) ( htu ), ထူထဲ (my) ( htuhtai: ) Chamicuro:
, s̈hawkolo tiki'tsa Chinese:
厚 ( hau 5 ) Mandarin:
厚 (zh) ( hòu ) Min Dong:
厚 ( gao ) Cornish:
tlustý (cs) Dalmatian:
tyk (da) Dutch:
dik , (nl) dikke (nl) Faroese:
paksu (fi) French:
épais , (fr) gros (fr) Friulian:
სქელი ( skeli ), მსხვილი ( msxvili ) German:
dick (de) Greek:
παχής ( pachís ) Hawaiian:
עבה ( ‘aveh ) Hindi:
मोटा (hi) ( moṭā ) Hungarian:
vastag (hu) Indonesian:
tebal (id) Irish:
tiubh Old Irish:
spesso (it) Japanese:
太い (ja) ( ふとい, futoi ) ( of tube, etc.), 厚い (ja) ( あつい, atsui ) ( of book, etc.) Javanese:
қалың (kk) ( qalıñ ) Khmer:
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
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.
( 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.
Derived terms Edit
most active or intense part of something
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thick ( third-person singular simple present , thicks present participle , thicking simple past and past participle ) thicked
( archaic , transitive ) To thicken.
The nightmare Life-in-death was she, / Who — Coleridge. thicks man's blood with cold.