Meaning of THICK in English


I. ˈthik adjective

Etymology: Middle English thikke, from Old English thicce; akin to Old High German dicki thick, Old Irish tiug

Date: before 12th century


a. : having or being of relatively great depth or extent from one surface to its opposite

a thick plank

b. : heavily built : thickset


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


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

• thick·ish ˈthi-kish adjective

• thick·ly adverb

- thick on the ground

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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.