Thin meaning

thĭn
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.

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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.

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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.

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Having little bodily flesh or fat; lean or slender.
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Lacking force or substance; flimsy.

A thin attempt.

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Lacking resonance or fullness; tinny.

The piano had a thin sound.

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Lacking radiance or intensity.

Thin light.

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Not having enough photographic density or contrast to make satisfactory prints. Used of a negative.
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In a thin manner.

Spread the varnish thin if you don't want it to wrinkle.

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So as to be thin.

Cut the cheese thin.

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To make or become thin or thinner.
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Having relatively little depth; of little extent from one surface or side to the opposite.

Thin paper.

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Having relatively small diameter in relation to length.

Thin thread.

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Having little fat or flesh; lean; gaunt; slender.
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Having the constituent elements small in number and not close together.
  • 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.
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Of little intensity; dim; faint; pale.

Thin colors.

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Of little volume or resonance; high-pitched and weak.

A thin voice.

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Light or sheer, as certain fabrics.
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Easily seen through; flimsy or unconvincing.

A thin excuse.

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Lacking solidity, substance, or vigor; slight, weak, vapid, etc.

A thin plot, thin argument.

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Lacking in density.
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In a thin way.
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To make or become thin or thinner, as in dimension, density, etc.
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Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite.

Thin plate of metal.

Thin paper.

Thin board.

Thin covering.

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Very narrow in all diameters; having a cross section that is small in all directions.

Thin wire.

Thin string.

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Having little body fat or flesh; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.

Thin person.

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Of low viscosity or low specific gravity, e.g., as is water compared to honey.
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Scarce; not close, crowded, or numerous; not filling the space.

The trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin.

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(golf) Describing a poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.
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Lacking body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
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Slight; small; slender; flimsy; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering.

A thin disguise.

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(philately) A loss or tearing of paper from the back of a stamp, although not sufficient to create a complete hole.
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Any food produced or served in thin slices.

Chocolate mint thins.

Potato thins.

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To make thin or thinner.
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(intransitive) To become thin or thinner.
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To dilute.
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To remove some plants in order to improve the growth of those remaining.
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Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state.

Seed sown thin.

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Origin of thin

  • Middle English from Old English thynne ten- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English thin, thinne, from Old English þynne, from Proto-Germanic *þunnuz (“thin"), (compare Proto-Germanic *þanjanÄ… (“to stretch, spread out")), from Proto-Indo-European *ténhâ‚‚us (“thin"), from Proto-Indo-European *tenw(É™)- (“to pull, stretch").
    From Wiktionary