- 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.
- 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 of thickMiddle 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
through thick and thin
- 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. Hard to hear or understand, as from being husky or slurred: thick speech.b. Very noticeable; pronounced: has a thick accent.
- 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 of thickMiddle English thicke, from Old English thicce; see tegu- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative thicker, superlative thickest)
- Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite in its smallest solid dimension.
- Measuring a certain number of units in this dimension.
- I want some planks that are two inches thick.
- Heavy in build; thickset.
- He had such a thick neck that he had to turn his body to look to the side.
- Densely crowded or packed.
- We walked through thick undergrowth.
- Having a viscous consistency.
- 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.
- Deep, intense, or profound.
- Thick darkness.
- (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
(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.
(third-person singular simple present thicks, present participle thicking, simple past and past participle thicked)
- (archaic) To thicken.
- The nightmare Life-in-death was she, / Who thicks man's blood with cold. — Coleridge.
From Middle English thicke, from Old English þicce (“thick, dense”), from Proto-Germanic *þikkuz, *þikkwiz (“thick”), from Proto-Indo-European *tegus (“thick”). Cognate with Dutch dik (“thick”), German dick (“thick”), Swedish tjock (“thick”), Albanian thuk (“I press, thicken, make dense”), Old Irish tiug (“thick”) and Welsh tew (“thick”).