Meaning of THIN in English


adj., adv., & v.

--adj. (thinner, thinnest)

1. having the opposite surfaces close together; of small thickness or diameter.

2 a (of a line) narrow or fine. b (of a script or type etc.) consisting of thin lines.

3 made of thin material (a thin dress).

4 lean; not plump.

5 a not dense or copious (thin hair; a thin haze). b not full or closely packed (a thin audience).

6 of slight consistency (a thin paste).

7 weak; lacking an important ingredient (thin blood; a thin voice).

8 (of an excuse, argument, disguise, etc.) flimsy or transparent.

--adv. thinly (cut the bread very thin).

--v. (thinned, thinning)

1. tr. & intr. make or become thin or thinner.

2 tr. & intr. (often foll. by out) reduce; make or become less dense or crowded or numerous.

3 tr. (often foll. by out) remove some of a crop of (seedlings, saplings, etc.) or some young fruit from (a vine or tree) to improve the growth of the rest.

Phrases and idioms:

have a thin time colloq. have a wretched or uncomfortable time. on thin ice see ICE. thin air a state of invisibility or non-existence (vanished into thin air). thin end of the wedge see WEDGE(1). thin on the ground see GROUND(1). thin on top balding. thin-skinned sensitive to reproach or criticism; easily upset.


thinly adv. thinness n. thinnish adj.

Etymology: OE thynne f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.