- The definition of thin is having little depth, being lean or not having a lot of something.
- An example of something thin is a thin coat of paint.
- An example of something thin is a menu with only five items on it.
- Thin means in a slender or narrow way.
An example of thin used as an adverb is the phrase "thin cut turkey" which means turkey that has been sliced small in depth.
- To thin is defined as to make something slender, less fatty or less full of something.
An example of to thin is to add milk to a chocolate sauce.
- having relatively little depth; of little extent from one surface or side to the opposite: thin paper
- having relatively small diameter in relation to length: thin thread
- having little fat or flesh; lean; gaunt; slender
- having the constituent elements small in number and not close together; specif.,
- scanty in growth; sparsely distributed: thin hair
- small in size or number: thin receipts
- lacking body; not thick in consistency; watery: thin soup
- not dense or heavy: thin smoke, a thin snowfall
- rarefied, as air at high altitudes
- of little intensity; dim; faint; pale: thin colors
- of little volume or resonance; high-pitched and weak: a thin voice
- light or sheer, as certain fabrics
- easily seen through; flimsy or unconvincing: a thin excuse
- lacking solidity, substance, or vigor; slight, weak, vapid, etc.: a thin plot, thin argument
- Photog. lacking in density (sense ): said of an underexposed or underdeveloped negative or print
Origin of thinMiddle English thinne ; from Old English thynne, akin to German dünn ; from Indo-European an unverified form tenu-, thin ; from base an unverified form ten-, to stretch from source Classical Latin tenuis, thin, tenere, to hold, tendere and amp; Classical Greek teinein, to stretch
Origin of thinME thinnen < OE (ge)thynnian < the adj.
- a. Relatively small in extent from one surface to the opposite, usually in the smallest solid dimension: a thin book.b. Not great in diameter or cross section; fine: thin wire.
- Having little bodily flesh or fat; lean or slender.
- a. Not dense or concentrated; sparse: the thin vegetation of the plateau.b. More rarefied than normal: thin air.
- a. Flowing with relative ease; not viscous: a thin oil.b. Watery: thin soup.
- a. Sparsely supplied or provided; scanty: a thin menu.b. Having a low number of transactions: thin trading in the stock market.
- Lacking force or substance; flimsy: a thin attempt.
- Lacking resonance or fullness; tinny: The piano had a thin sound.
- Lacking radiance or intensity: thin light.
- Not having enough photographic density or contrast to make satisfactory prints. Used of a negative.
- In a thin manner: Spread the varnish thin if you don't want it to wrinkle.
- So as to be thin: Cut the cheese thin.
tr. & intr.v.thinned thinned, thin·ning, thins
Origin of thinMiddle English, from Old English thynne; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative thinner, superlative thinnest)
- Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite.
- thin plate of metal
- thin paper
- thin board
- thin covering
- Very narrow in all diameters; having a cross section that is small in all directions.
- thin wire
- thin string
- Having little body fat or flesh; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.
- thin person
- Of low viscosity or low specific gravity, e.g., as is water compared to honey.
- Scarce; not close, crowded, or numerous; not filling the space.
- The trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin.
- (golf) Describing a poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.
- Lacking body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
- Slight; small; slender; flimsy; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering.
- a thin disguise
- (philately) A loss or tearing of paper from the back of a stamp, although not sufficient to create a complete hole.
- Any food produced or served in thin slices.
- chocolate mint thins
- potato thins
(third-person singular simple present thins, present participle thinning, simple past and past participle thinned)
(comparative more thin, superlative most thin)
- Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state.
- seed sown thin