Meaning of THICK in English

THICK

/ θɪk; NAmE / adjective , noun , adverb

■ adjective

( thick·er , thick·est )

DISTANCE BETWEEN SIDES

1.

having a larger distance between opposite sides or surfaces than other similar objects or than normal :

a thick slice of bread

a thick book (= one that has a lot of pages)

a thick coat (= one made of heavy cloth)

thick fingers

Everything was covered with a thick layer of dust.

2.

used to ask about or state the distance between opposite sides or surfaces :

How thick are the walls?

They're two feet thick.

HAIR / FUR / TREES

3.

growing closely together in large numbers :

thick dark hair

a thick forest

LIQUID

4.

not flowing very easily :

thick soup

The effect will be ruined if the paint is too thick.

FOG / SMOKE / AIR

5.

thick (with sth) difficult to see through; difficult to breathe in :

The plane crashed in thick fog.

thick smoke

The air was thick with dust.

( figurative )

The atmosphere was thick with tension.

WITH LARGE NUMBER / AMOUNT

6.

thick with sb/sth having a large number of people or a large amount of sth in one place :

The beach was thick with sunbathers.

STUPID

7.

( BrE , informal ) ( of a person ) slow to learn or understand things :

Are you thick, or what?

ACCENT

8.

(sometimes disapproving ) easily recognized as being from a particular country or area

SYN strong :

a thick Brooklyn accent

VOICE

9.

thick (with sth) deep and not as clear as normal, especially because of illness or emotion :

His voice was thick with emotion.

FRIENDLY WITH SB

10.

thick (with sb) ( informal ) very friendly with sb, especially in a way that makes other people suspicious :

You seem to be very thick with the boss!

—see also thickly , thickness

IDIOMS

- give sb / get a thick ear

- (as) thick as thieves

- (as) thick as two short planks

- a thick head

- your thick head

- a thick skin

—more at blood noun , ground noun

■ noun

[ U ]

IDIOMS

- in the thick of sth

- through thick and thin

■ adverb

( thick·er , thick·est ) in a way that produces a wide piece or deep layer of sth :

Make sure you cut the bread nice and thick.

IDIOMS

- lay it on thick

- thick and fast

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English thicce , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dik and German dick .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.