I UK [θɪk] / US adjective
Word forms "thick":
adjective thick comparative thicker superlative thickest
a) a thick object or material has a long distance between two opposite sides, edges, or surfaces

She was wearing a thick woollen sweater.

a thick layer of snow

Cut the bread into thick slices.

Try not to make too much noise – the walls aren't very thick.

b) used for stating the distance between the opposite surfaces or edges of a solid object

The walls in our house are only a few inches thick.

It is a rectangular piece of wood, perhaps 5 centimetres thick.

2) a thick liquid is more stiff or solid than normal and does not flow easily

For dessert, serve strawberries covered in thick sweet cream.

The soup should be nice and thick.

a) thick hair or fur is made of many small hairs growing very close together

Her thick dark hair hangs all the way to her shoulders.

a thick beard

b) a thick forest, bush, area of grass etc has many trees, leaves, or plants growing very close together

a thick row of trees

4) thick smoke, cloud, fog etc fills the air completely, so that it is difficult to see or difficult to breathe

Thick fog prevented Bobby from returning home.

5) if a place is thick with something, it is full of it
thick with:

The air was thick with smoke.

The airport was thick with police officers.

a) a thick accent shows very clearly that the speaker comes from a particular place because of the way their words sound

He speaks Spanish fluently, but with a thick British accent.

b) if your voice is thick with an emotion, it sounds less clear than usual because of the emotion
thick with:

His voice was thick with fury.

7) informal stupid

He's rich, but a bit thick.

8) spoken very friendly with someone
thick with:

She's very thick with her next-door neighbour.

get something into/through your thick head/skullinformal to start understanding something. This expression is used when you are angry and you think someone is being stupid

Will you get it into your thick head that I'm not coming!


II UK [θɪk] / US adverb
Word forms "thick":
comparative thicker superlative thickest
in a way that makes something thick or that produces a thick layer or piece of something

Don't slice the meat so thick.

III UK [θɪk] / US noun

English dictionary. 2014.


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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´en|er — thick|en «THIHK uhn», transitive verb. to make thick or thicker: »to thicken a wall. Mother thickens the gravy with flour. SYNONYM(S): coagulate, congeal, condense. –v.i. 1. to become thick or thicker: »The pudding will thicken as it cools. The… …   Useful english dictionary

  • thick|en — «THIHK uhn», transitive verb. to make thick or thicker: »to thicken a wall. Mother thickens the gravy with flour. SYNONYM(S): coagulate, congeal, condense. –v.i. 1. to become thick or thicker: »The pudding will thicken as it cools. The weather… …   Useful english dictionary