- Any single entity distinguished from all others.Each thing in the universe.
- A tangible object, as distinguished from a concept, quality, etc.Paintings and other beautiful things.
- An inanimate object.
- An item, detail, etc.Go over each thing in the list.
- The object or concept referred to or represented by a word, symbol, or sign; referent.
- An object of thought; idea.Think the right things.
Don't make a thing of it.
How are things?
- Articles of clothing.Put on your things and let's go.
- Possessions, including clothing; belongings.Pack your things; it's time to go.
- (law) That which can be possessed or owned.Things personal; things real.
- The equipment needed for an activity or a special purpose.
To accomplish great things.
Do one's own thing.
In blackjack, the thing is to get nearest to 21 without going over.
Where did you buy that thing?
The next thing is to mix thoroughly.
An example of a thing is a bottle opener.
An example of a thing is an exciting event in a person's life, a great thing.
An example of a thing is the next action to be taken, the next thing.
She has a thing for him and keeps talking about him. I have a thing about seafood and never eat it.
Let him do his own thing. Mountain climbing is really my thing.
Where did you get that thing? I wouldn't drive that thing if you paid me.
What is this thing for?
How many things are there on the test?
Promised to do great things.
Is always building things.
Just the thing to increase sales.
What a rotten thing to say!
Wouldn't tell me a thing about the project.
Many things on my mind.
The accident was a terrible thing.
Let's deal with this thing promptly.
Drag racing was the thing then.
Not a thing to wear.
Bacon pie? Is that a thing?
Get me a thing of apple juice at the store; I just ate a whole thing of jelly beans.
You poor thing; she's a funny old thing, but her heart's in the right place; I met a pretty blond thing at the bar.
That's the thing: we don't know where he went; the thing is, I don't have any money.
Oh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing.
There wasn't a thing in sight.
That baby is the sweetest thing!
To have a thing about air travel.
- Right away; before anything else:Do your assignments first thing in the morning.
- To have hallucinations.
- to have hallucinations
- that which is wise, essential, etc.
- that which is the height of fashion or style
Other Word Forms
Origin of thing
- Middle English from Old English
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old English þing (thing), from Proto-Germanic *þingą; compare West Frisian ding, Low German Ding, Dutch ding, German Ding, Swedish, Danish and Norwegian ting. The word originally meant "assembly", then came to mean a specific issue discussed at such an assembly, and ultimately came to mean most broadly "an object". Compare the Latin rēs, also meaning legal matter. Modern use to refer to a Germanic assembly is likely influenced by cognates (from the same Proto-Germanic root) like Old Norse þing (thing), Swedish ting, and Old High German ding with this meaning.
- See thing.