I. adjective Etymology: Middle English thikke, from Old English thicce; akin to Old High German dicki thick, Old Irish tiug Date: before 12th century 1. a. having or being of relatively great depth or extent from one surface to its opposite <
a thick plank
b. heavily built ; thickset 2. a. close-packed with units or individuals <
the air was thick with snow
b. occurring in large numbers ; numerous c. viscous in consistency <
thick syrup
d. sultry, stuffy e. marked by haze, fog, or mist <
thick weather
f. impenetrable to the eye ; profound <
thick darkness
g. extremely intense <
thick silence
3. measuring in thickness <
12 inches thick
4. a. imperfectly articulated ; indistinct <
thick speech
b. plainly apparent ; decided <
a thick French accent
c. producing inarticulate speech <
a thick tongue
5. obtuse, stupid <
too thick to understand
6. associated on close terms ; intimate <
was quite thick with his pastor
7. exceeding bounds of propriety or fitness ; excessive <
called it a bit thick to be fired without warning
thickish adjectivethickly adverb II. adverb Date: before 12th century in a thick manner ; thickly III. noun Date: 13th century 1. the most crowded or active part <
in the thick of the battle
2. the part of greatest thickness <
the thick of the thumb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Thick — (th[i^]k), a. [Compar. {Thicker} ( [ e]r); superl. {Thickest}.] [OE. thicke, AS. [thorn]icce; akin to D. dik, OS. thikki, OHG. dicchi thick, dense, G. dick thick, Icel. [thorn]ykkr, [thorn]j[ o]kkr, and probably to Gael. & Ir. tiugh. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thick — [thik] adj. [ME thikke < OE thicce, thick, dense, akin to Ger dick < IE base * tegu , thick, fat > OIr tiug] 1. having relatively great depth; of considerable extent from one surface or side to the opposite; not thin [a thick board] 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • thick — ► ADJECTIVE 1) with opposite sides or surfaces relatively far apart. 2) (of a garment or fabric) made of heavy material. 3) made up of a large number of things or people close together: thick forest. 4) (thick with) densely filled or covered with …   English terms dictionary

  • thick — thick; thick·en; thick·en·er; thick·et; thick·et·ed; thick·ety; thick·ish; thick·ly; thick·ness; thick·head·ed·ly; thick·head·ed·ness; …   English syllables

  • Thick — Thick, n. 1. The thickest part, or the time when anything is thickest. [1913 Webster] In the thick of the dust and smoke. Knolles. [1913 Webster] 2. A thicket; as, gloomy thicks. [Obs.] Drayton. [1913 Webster] Through the thick they heard one… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thick — [adj1] deep, bulky blubbery, broad, burly, chunky, compact, concrete, consolidated, fat, firm, hard, heavy, high, husky, massive, obese, pudgy, solid, squat, stocky, stubby, stumpy, substantial, thickset, wide; concepts 491,773 Ant. attenuated,… …   New thesaurus

  • Thick — can refer to:* Thick description of human behavior * Thick set, a set of integers * Thick Records, a record label * Thick Physique * A thick , someone lacking in intelligence. Stupid person …   Wikipedia

  • thick — (adj.) O.E. þicce not thin, dense, from P.Gmc. *theku , *thekwia (Cf. O.S. thikki, O.H.G. dicchi, Ger. dick, O.N. þykkr, O.Fris. thikke), from PIE *tegu thick (Cf. Gaelic tiugh). Secondary O.E. sense of close together is preserved in …   Etymology dictionary

  • Thick — (th[i^]k), adv. [AS. [thorn]icce.] 1. Frequently; fast; quick. [1913 Webster] 2. Closely; as, a plat of ground thick sown. [1913 Webster] 3. To a great depth, or to a greater depth than usual; as, land covered thick with manure. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thick — Thick, v. t. & i. [Cf. AS. [thorn]iccian.] To thicken. [R.] [1913 Webster] The nightmare Life in death was she, Who thicks man s blood with cold. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thick — (engl.), dick, grob, schwer; daher Thick Duffels (spr. Ddhikdöffels), eine Art Kalmuck, s.d. 2). Thickset, gerippter, schwerer, kurz geschorner Manchester …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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