Meaning of THIN in English

THIN

(~ner, ~nest, ~s, ~ning, ~ned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

Some~g that is ~ is much narrower than it is long.

A ~ cable carries the signal to a computer...

James’s face was ~, finely boned, and sensitive.

ADJ

2.

A person or animal that is ~ has no extra fat on their body .

He was a tall, ~ man with grey hair...

? fat

ADJ

~ness

There was some~g familiar about him, his fawn raincoat, his ~ness, the way he moved.

N-UNCOUNT

3.

Some~g such as paper or cloth that is ~ is flat and has only a very small distance between its two opposite surfaces.

...a small, blue-bound book printed in fine type on ~ paper...

? thick

ADJ

~ly

Peel and ~ly slice the onion...

ADV: ADV with v

4.

Liquids that are ~ are weak and watery.

The soup was ~ and clear, yet mysteriously rich...

? thick

ADJ

5.

A crowd or audience that is ~ does not have many people in it.

The crowd, which had been ~ for the first half of the race, had now grown considerably.

ADJ

~ly

The island is ~ly populated.

ADV: ADV -ed

6.

Thin clothes are made from light cloth and are not warm to wear.

Her gown was ~, and she shivered, partly from cold.

? thick

ADJ

~ly

Mrs Brown wrapped the ~ly clad man in her fur coat.

ADV: ADV adj/-ed

7.

If you describe an argument or explanation as ~, you mean that it is weak and difficult to believe.

However, the evidence is ~ and, to some extent, ambiguous...

= weak

? strong

ADJ

~ly

Much of the speech was a ~ly disguised attack on British Airways.

ADV: usu ADV -ed, also ADV before v

8.

If someone’s hair is described as ~, they do not have a lot of hair.

She had pale ~ yellow hair she pulled back into a bun.

? thick

ADJ

9.

When you ~ some~g or when it ~s, it becomes less crowded because people or ~gs have been removed from it.

It would have been better to have ~ned the trees over several winters rather than all at one time...

By midnight the crowd had ~ned.

VERB: V n, V

Thin out means the same as ~ .

NATO will continue to ~ out its forces...

When the crowd began to ~ out, I realized that most of the food was still there...

PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron), V P

10.

To ~ a sauce or liquid means to make it weaker and more watery by adding another liquid to it.

It may be necessary to ~ the sauce slightly...

VERB: V n

Thin down means the same as ~ .

Thin down your mayonnaise with soured cream or natural yoghurt.

PHRASAL VERB: V P n (not pron)

11.

If a man’s hair is ~ning, it has begun to fall out.

His hair is ~ning and his skin has lost all hint of youth.

~ on top: see top

VERB: V

12.

If someone’s patience, for example, is wearing ~, they are beginning to become impatient or angry with someone.

Parliament has not yet begun to combat the deepening economic crisis, and public patience is wearing ~.

PHRASE

13.

on ~ ice: see ice

~ air: see air

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