See also: Thìn, þin, and þín

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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English thin, thinne, from Old English þynne, from Proto-Germanic *þunnuz (thin) – compare *þanjaną (to stretch, spread out) – from Proto-Indo-European *ténh₂us (thin), from Proto-Indo-European *ten- (to stretch). Cognate with Danish tynd (thin), Dutch dun (thin), Elfdalian tunn (thin), Faroese tunnur (thin), German dünn (thin), Icelandic þunnur (thin), Luxembourgish dënn (thin), Norwegian tynn (thin), Swedish tunn (thin), Vilamovian dynn (thin), West Frisian tin (thin). Related to Breton tanav (thin), Cornish tanow (thin), Irish tanaí (thin), Latin tenuis (thin), Latvian tievs (thin), Manx thanney (thin), Persian تنگ (tang, narrow) Sanskrit तनु (tanu, thin) Scottish Gaelic tana (thin), Welsh tenau (thin). Also related to tenuous.

AdjectiveEdit

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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NounEdit

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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VerbEdit

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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AdverbEdit

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 DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *þīnaz.

DeterminerEdit

thīn

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

DescendantsEdit


Old SaxonEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *þīnaz.

DeterminerEdit

thīn

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

Etymology 2Edit

See here.

DeterminerEdit

thin

  1. Instrumental singular masculine and neuter form of thē

WelshEdit

NounEdit

thin

  1. Aspirate mutation of tin.

MutationEdit

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.