I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English thecchen, from Old English theccan to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover, Latin tegere, Greek stegein to cover, stegos roof, Sanskrit sthagati he covers Date: 14th century to cover with or as if with thatch • thatcher noun II. noun Date: 14th century 1. a. a plant material (as straw) used as a sheltering cover especially of a house b. a sheltering cover (as a house roof) made of such material c. a mat of undecomposed plant material (as grass clippings) accumulated next to the soil in a grassy area (as a lawn) 2. something likened to the thatch of a house; especially the hair of one's head

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  • thatch — [thach] n. [altered (based on the v.) < older thack < ME thac < OE thæc, a thatch, roof: for base see THATCH the vt.] 1. a) a roof or roofing of straw, rushes, palm leaves, etc. b) material for such a roof 2. any of a number of palms… …   English World dictionary

  • Thatch — Thatch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thatched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thatching}.] [From {Thatch}, n.: cf. OE. thecchen, AS. ?eccean to cover.] To cover with, or with a roof of, straw, reeds, or some similar substance; as, to thatch a roof, a stable, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thatch — thatch·er; thatch; thatch·ing; un·thatch; …   English syllables

  • Thatch — Thatch, n. [OE. thak, AS. [thorn][ae]c a roof; akin to [thorn]eccean to cover, D. dak a roof, dekken to cover, G. dach a roof, decken 8cover, Icel. [thorn]ak a roof, Sw. tak, Dan. tag, Lith. st[=o]gas, Ir. teagh a house, Gael. teach, tigh, W. ty …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thatch — (v.) O.E. þeccan to cover, related to þæc roof, thatching material, from P.Gmc. *thakan (Cf. O.S. thekkian, O.N. þekja, O.Fris. thekka, M.Du. decken, O.H.G. decchen, Ger. decken to cover ), from PIE * (s)tog /* (s)teg cov …   Etymology dictionary

  • thatch — ► NOUN 1) a roof covering of straw, reeds, or similar material. 2) informal the hair on a person s head. ► VERB ▪ cover with thatch. DERIVATIVES thatcher noun. ORIGIN Old English, «cover» …   English terms dictionary

  • thatch — [θætʃ] n 1.) [U and C] ↑straw, ↑reeds, leaves etc used to make a roof, or the roof made of them 2.) [singular] a thick untidy pile of hair on someone s head …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thatch —   Ako, pili; ka a lau niu (coconut leaf); lolelau.     Thatch needle, ōhi u.     Thatch purlin, aho, a aho, lolo, lolo iole.     Thatch purlin support, ahopi o kuahui.     Thatch above a door, piko.     To cut this thatch, oki i ka piko, mō ka… …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • thatch — [[t]θæ̱tʃ[/t]] thatches 1) N COUNT A thatch or a thatch roof is a roof made from straw or reeds. They would live in a small house with a green door and a new thatch. 2) N UNCOUNT Thatch is straw or reeds used to make a roof. Thatch is naturally… …   English dictionary

  • thatch — [[t]θætʃ[/t]] n. 1) Also, thatch′ing. a material, as straw, rushes, leaves, or the like, used to cover roofs, grain stacks, etc 2) a covering of such a material 3) pln any of various palms having leaves used for thatch 4) something resembling… …   From formal English to slang

  • thatch — thatchless, adj. thatchy, adj. /thach/, n. 1. Also, thatching. a material, as straw, rushes, leaves, or the like, used to cover roofs, grain stacks, etc. 2. a covering of such a material. 3. the leaves of various palms that are used for thatching …   Universalium

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