- The definition of thick is great depth or dense.
An example of thick used as an adjective is the phrase a thick steak which means a steak which is over one inch in depth.
- Thick is defined as deeply, heavily or closely together.
An example of thick used as an adverb is the phrase "frosting laid thick on a cake" which means a cake with lots of frosting on it.
A thick steak.
thick definition by Webster's New World
- having relatively great depth; of considerable extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thin: a thick board
- having relatively large diameter in relation to length: a thick pipe
- as measured in the third dimension or between opposite surfaces: a wall six inches thick
- having the constituent elements abundant and close together; specif.,
- marked by profuse, close growth; luxuriant: thick hair, thick woods
- great in number and packed closely together: a thick crowd
- having much body; not thin in consistency; viscous: thick soup
- dense and heavy: thick smoke, a thick snowfall
- filled with smoke, fog, or other vapors
- covered to a considerable depth: roads thick with mud
- sprinkled or studded profusely: a sky thick with stars
- impenetrably dark, dismal, or obscure: the thick shadows of night
- sounding blurred, slurred, muffled, fuzzy, etc., or husky, hoarse, etc.: a thick voice, thick speech
- strongly marked; pronounced: speaking with a thick brogue
- Informal slow to understand; stupid
- Informal close in friendly association; intimate
- Chiefly Brit., Informal too much to be tolerated; excessive
Origin: Middle English thikke ; from Old English thicce, thick, dense, akin to German dick ; from Indo-European base an unverified form tegu-, thick, fat from source Old Irish tiug
thick definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective thick·er, thick·est
- a. Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension; not thin: a thick board.b. Measuring a specified number of units in this dimension: two inches thick.
- Heavy in form, build, or stature; thickset: a thick neck.
- Having component parts in a close, crowded state or arrangement; dense: a thick forest.
- Having or suggesting a heavy or viscous consistency: thick tomato sauce.
- Having a great number; abounding: a room thick with flies.
- Impenetrable by the eyes: a thick fog.
- a. Not easy to hear or understand; indistinctly articulated: the thick speech of a drunkard.b. Producing indistinctly articulated sounds: the thick tongues of barbarians.
- Strongly apparent; conspicuous: a thick brogue.
- Informal Lacking mental agility; stupid.
- Informal Very friendly; intimate: thick friends.
- Informal Going beyond what is tolerable; excessive.
- In a thick manner; deeply or heavily: Seashells lay thick on the beach.
- In a close, compact state or arrangement; densely: Dozens of braids hung thick from the back of her head.
- So as to be thick; thickly: Slice the bread thick for the best French toast.
- The thickest part.
- The most active or intense part: in the thick of the fighting.
Origin: Middle English thicke, from Old English thicce; see tegu- in Indo-European roots.
- thickˈish adjective
- thickˈly adverb
thick - Medical Definition
- Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension; not thin.
- Measuring a specified number of units in this dimension.
- Heavy in form, build, or stature; thickset.
- Having component parts in a close, crowded state or arrangement; dense.
- Having or suggesting a heavy or viscous consistency.
- Having a great number; abounding.
- Impenetrable by the eyes.
- Not easy to hear or understand; indistinctly articulated.
- Noticeably affecting sound; conspicuous.
- Producing indistinctly articulated sounds.
- In a close, compact state or arrangement; densely.
- In a thick manner; deeply or heavily.
thick - Phrases/Idioms
through thick and thin
thick and thin