This page has 21 definitions of thick in English. Thick is an adjective, an adverb, noun and verb. Examples of how to use thick in a sentence are shown. Also define these 87 related words and terms: relatively, extent, surface, opposite, small, solid, dimension, broad, slim, thin, measure, unit, heavy, build, thickset, chunky, stocky, slender, slight, svelte, densely, crowded, packed, dense, sparse, viscous, consistency, glutinous, free-flowing, runny, abounding, number, overflowing, swarming, teeming, scant, scarce, impenetrable, sight, opaque, transparent, accent, prominent, strong, greatly, evocative, nationality, origin, difficult, understand, poorly, articulated, unclear, clear, lucid, stupid, dumb, thick as pigshit, thick as two short planks, brainy, intelligent, smart, friendly, intimate, chummy, close, close-knit, pally, tight-knit, unacquainted, deep, intense, profound, great, extreme, troublesome, unreasonable, curvy, voluptuous, especially, hips, thickest, active, thicket, transitive, intransitive, and thicken.
- (meme slang: curvy): thicc
From Middle English thicke, from 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 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.
- Synonyms: broad; see also Thesaurus:wide
- Antonyms: slim, thin; see also Thesaurus:narrow
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. […].
That can be picked up or held, having a texture, and usually firm. Unlike a liquid
or a gas
. (1 of 16 solid definitions
- Measuring a certain number of units in this dimension.
I want some planks that are two inches thick.
- Heavy in build; thickset.
- Synonyms: chunky, solid, stocky, thickset
- Antonyms: slender, slight, slim, svelte, thin; see also Thesaurus:slender
2007, Knight, James T., 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.
- Synonyms: crowded, dense, packed; see also Thesaurus:compact
- Antonyms: sparse; see also Thesaurus:diffuse
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.
In a dense
Containing too many of something; teeming
Packed definition simple past tense and past participle of pack
- 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.
- Abounding in number.
- Synonyms: overflowing, swarming, teeming; see also Thesaurus:plentiful
- Antonyms: scant, scarce, slight
The room was thick with reporters.
- Impenetrable to sight.
- Synonyms: dense, opaque, solid; see also Thesaurus:opaque
- Antonyms: thin, transparent; see also Thesaurus:transparent
We drove through thick fog.
- (Of an accent) Prominent, strong.
- Greatly evocative of one's nationality or place of origin.
He answered me in his characteristically thick Creole patois.
- 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.
In a poor manner or condition; without plenty, or sufficiency, or suitable provision for comfort. (1 of 5 poorly definitions
Articulated definition simple past tense and past participle of articulate
- (informal) Stupid.
- Synonyms: dense, dumb (informal), stupid, thick as pigshit (taboo slang), thick as two short planks (slang); see also Thesaurus:stupid
- Antonyms: brainy (informal), intelligent, smart; see also Thesaurus:intelligent
He was as thick as two short planks.
Lacking in intelligence
or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence. (1 of 7 stupid definitions
Unable to speak
; lacking power of speech (kept in "deaf, dumb, and blind"
). (1 of 5 dumb definitions
Thick As Two Short Planks definition
- (informal) Friendly or intimate.
- Synonyms: chummy (UK, informal), close, close-knit, friendly, pally (informal), 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
To remove a gap.
- To obstruct (an opening).
- To move so that an opening is closed. (1 of 13 close definitions)
Tight-Knit definition Strongly
pulled together, tightly knit
- Deep, intense, or profound.
- Synonyms: great, extreme
- (Britain, 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."
- (slang, chiefly of women) Curvy and voluptuous, and especially having large hips.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:voluptuous
terms derived from thick (adjective)
relatively great in extent from one surface to another
- Albanian: i trashë (sq)
- Arabic: سَمِيك (samīk), غَلِيظ (ḡalīẓ), كَثِيف (kaṯīf)
- Egyptian: تخين (taḵīn)
- Hijazi Arabic: سَميك (samīk), ثَخين (taḵīn)
- Armenian: հաստ (hy) (hast)
- Aromanian: gros
- Azerbaijani: qalın (az), yoğun (az) (of cylindrical objects)
- Bashkir: ҡалын (qalïn)
- Basque: lodi (eu), mardul (eu)
- Belarusian: то́ўсты (be) (tóŭsty)
- Bengali: মোটা (moṭa)
- Bikol Central: mahibog
- Bulgarian: дебе́л (bg) (debél), тлъст (bg) (tlǎst)
- Burmese: ထူ (my) (htu), ထူထဲ (my) (htuhtai:)
- Catalan: espès (ca), gros (ca)
- Chamicuro: s̈hawkolo, tiki'tsa
- Cherokee: ᎤᏩᎨᏓ (uwageda)
- Cantonese: 厚 (hau5)
- Dungan: ху (hu)
- Hakka: 厚 (heu)
- Mandarin: 厚 (zh) (hòu)
- Min Dong: 厚 (gâu)
- Wu: 厚 (hheu)
- Cornish: tew
- Czech: tlustý (cs)
- Dalmatian: gruas
- Danish: tyk (da)
- Dutch: dik (nl), dikke (nl)
- Estonian: paks (et)
- Faroese: tjúkkur (fo)
- Finnish: paksu (fi)
- French: épais (fr), gros (fr)epè
- Friulian: grues
- Georgian: სქელი (skeli), მსხვილი (msxvili)
- German: dick (de)
- Greek: παχής (pachís)
- Ancient: πυκνός (puknós), παχύς (pakhús)
- Haitian Creole: epè
- Hawaiian: manoanoa
- Hebrew: עבה (‘aveh)
- Hindi: मोटा (hi) (moṭā)
- Hungarian: vastag (hu)
- Icelandic: þéttur (is)
- Indonesian: tebal (id)
- Interlingua: spisse
- Irish: tiubh
- Old Irish: tiug
- Italian: spesso (it)
- Japanese: 太い (ja) (ふとい, futoi) (of tube, etc.), 厚い (ja) (あつい, atsui) (of book, etc.)
- Javanese: kandel
- Kazakh: қалың (kk) (qalıñ)
- Khmer: ជុក (km) (cuk), ក្រាស់ (km) (kras')
- Korean: 두껍다 (ko) (dukkeopda)
- Central Kurdish: ئەستوور (estûr)
- Kyrgyz: калың (ky) (kalıñ)
- Lao: ຫນາ (nā)
- Latgalian: bīzs
- Latin: crassus
- Latvian: resns, biezs
- Lithuanian: storas (lt)
- Livonian: sangdi, sangdõ
- Macedonian: дебел (debel)
- Malay: tebal (ms)
- Maltese: oħxon (mt)
- Manchu: ᠵᡳᡵᠠᠮᡳᠨ (jiramin)
- Manx: çhiu
- Maori: mātotoru, matatengi (of clothing)
- Mongolian: зузаан (mn) (zuzaan)
- Norman: êpais
- Bokmål: tykk (no), tjukk (no)
- Nynorsk: tjukk (nn)
- Occitan: espés (oc)
- Old Church Slavonic:
- Cyrillic: тлъстъ (tlŭstŭ)
- Old East Slavic: тълстъ (tŭlstŭ)
- Old English: þicce
- Oromo: furdaa
- Pashto: ډبل (ps) (ḍabël), غټ (ps) (ǧaṭ)
- Persian: کلفت (fa) (koloft), ستبر (fa) (setabr), چاق (fa) (čâq)
- Plautdietsch: dikj
- Polish: gruby (pl)
- Portuguese: espesso (pt), grosso (pt)
- Rapa Nui: matoru
- Romanian: gros (ro)
- Russian: то́лстый (ru) (tólstyj)
- Rusyn: тлустый (tlustŷj)
- Scottish Gaelic: tiugh
- Cyrillic: дѐбео
- Roman: dèbeo (sh)
- Slovak: tlstý
- Slovene: débeł (sl)
- Lower Sorbian: tłusty
- Upper Sorbian: tołsty
- Spanish: grueso (es), espeso (es)
- Sundanese: kandel (su)
- Swedish: tjock (sv)
- Tajik: ғафс (tg) (ġafs), ситабр (sitabr)
- Tatar: калын (qalın)
- Telugu: మందమైన (mandamaina)
- Thai: หนา (th) (nǎa)
- Tocharian B: ātstse
- Tibetan: མཐུག་པོ (mthug po), ཐུག་པོ (thug po)
- Turkish: kalın (tr)
- Turkmen: galyň
- Ukrainian: то́встий (tóvstyj)
- Urdu: موٹا (moṭā)
- Uyghur: قېلىن (qëlin)
- Uzbek: qalin (uz)
- Vietnamese: dày (vi)
- Welsh: tew (cy)
- Yiddish: דיק (dik)
- Zealandic: dik
- Zhuang: na
measuring a certain number of units in this dimension
densely crowded or packed
- Arabic: غَلِيظ (ḡalīẓ)
- Armenian: թանձր (hy) (tʿanjr)
- Azerbaijani: qəliz, qatı
- Bashkir: ҡуйы (quyï)
- Belarusian: густы́ (be) (hustý)
- Bulgarian: гъст (bg) m (gǎst)
- Burmese: ပျစ် (my) (pyac)
- Catalan: espès (ca)
- Cantonese: 濃, 浓 (nung4), 稠 (cau4), 滐 (git6)
- Mandarin: 濃 (zh) 浓 (zh) (nóng), 稠 (zh) (chóu), 濃厚 (zh) (nónghòu)
- Czech: hustý (cs) m
- Danish: tyk (da)
- Dutch: dik (nl), dikke (nl)
- Finnish: sakea (fi), tiheä (fi)
- French: épais (fr)
- Galician: testo (gl) m, espeso m
- Georgian: სქელი (skeli)
- German: dick (de)
- Haitian Creole: pwès
- Hungarian: sűrű (hu)
- Indonesian: kental (id)
- Japanese: 濃い (ja) (こい, koi)
- Korean: 짙다 (ko) (jitda), 농후하다 (ko) (nonghuhada)
- Central Kurdish: سەخت (ku) (sext)
- Macedonian: густ m (gust)
difficult to understand, poorly articulated
thick (comparative thicker, superlative thickest)
- In a thick manner.
- Snow lay thick on the ground.
- Frequently or numerously.
- The arrows flew thick and fast around us.
thick (plural thicks)
- The thickest, or most active or intense, part of something.
It was mayhem in the thick of battle.
Having the power or quality of acting; causing change; communicating action or motion; acting;—
opposed to passive
, that receives. (1 of 16 active definitions
- A thicket.
1612, Michael Drayton, “(please specify the chapter)”, in [John Selden], editor, Poly-Olbion. Or A Chorographicall Description of Tracts, Riuers, Mountaines, Forests, and Other Parts of this Renowned Isle of Great Britaine, […], London: […] H[umphrey] L[ownes] for Mathew Lownes; I. Browne; I. Helme; I. Busbie, published 1613, OCLC 1049089293:
- gloomy thicks
- (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.
most active or intense part of something
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Dictionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
thick (third-person singular simple present thicks, present participle thicking, simple past and past participle thicked)
- (archaic, transitive, intransitive) To thicken.
1595, Edmunde Spenser [i.e., Edmund Spenser], “[Amoretti.] Sonnet 7”, in Amoretti and Epithalamion. […], London: Printed [by Peter Short] for William Ponsonby, OCLC 932931864; reprinted in Amoretti and Epithalamion (The Noel Douglas Replicas), London: Noel Douglas […], 1927, OCLC 474036557:
A wicked ambush , which lay hidden long In the close covert of her guilful eyen,
Thence breaking forth , did thick about me throng