- a roof or roofing of straw, rushes, palm leaves, etc.
- material for such a roof
- any of a number of palms whose leaves are used for thatchalso thatch palm
- anything suggestive of thatch on a roof as
- the hair growing on the head
- a matted layer of partly decayed leaves, stems, etc. between growing vegetation and the soil
Origin of thatchaltered (based on the verb ) ; from older thack ; from Middle English thac ; from Old English thæc, a thatch, roof: for base see thatchthe
- to cover with or as with thatch
Origin of thatchME thecchen < OE thecc(e)an, akin to Ger decken, to cover < IE base *(s)teg-, to cover > Gr stegos, roof, L tegere, to cover
- Plant stalks or foliage, such as reeds or palm fronds, used for roofing.
- Something, such as a thick growth of hair on the head, that resembles thatch.
- Dead turf, as on a lawn.
transitive verbthatched, thatch·ing, thatch·es
Origin of thatchMiddle English thacche, alteration (influenced by thecchen, thacchen, to thatch, from Old English theccan, to cover) of thak, from Old English thæc; see (s)teg- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural thatches)
Variant of thack, from Old English þæc (“roof-covering”), from Proto-Germanic *þaką (“covering”), from (o-grade of) Proto-Indo-European *teg- (“cover”). Cognate with Dutch dak, German Dach, Swedish tak, Danish tag; and with Latin toga, Albanian thak (“awn, beard, pin, peg, tassel, fringe”), Lithuanian stogas (“roof”).
(third-person singular simple present thatches, present participle thatching, simple past and past participle thatched)
- To cover the roof with straw, reed, leaves, etc.