What does Thing mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thingnoun

    a special situation

    "this thing has got to end"; "it is a remarkable thing"

  2. thingnoun

    an action

    "how could you do such a thing?"

  3. thingnoun

    a special abstraction

    "a thing of the spirit"; "things of the heart"

  4. thingnoun

    an artifact

    "how does this thing work?"

  5. thingnoun

    an event

    "a funny thing happened on the way to the..."

  6. matter, affair, thingnoun

    a vaguely specified concern

    "several matters to attend to"; "it is none of your affair"; "things are going well"

  7. thingnoun

    a statement regarded as an object

    "to say the same thing in other terms"; "how can you say such a thing?"

  8. thingnoun

    an entity that is not named specifically

    "I couldn't tell what the thing was"

  9. thingnoun

    any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence

    "the thing I like about her is ..."

  10. thingnoun

    a special objective

    "the thing is to stay in bounds"

  11. thingnoun

    a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion

    "he has a thing about seafood"; "she has a thing about him"

  12. thingnoun

    a separate and self-contained entity


  1. thingnoun

    That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.

    Etymology: See thing.

  2. thingnoun

    A word, symbol, sign, or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.

    Etymology: See thing.

  3. thingnoun

    An individual object or distinct entity.

    Etymology: See thing.

  4. thingnoun

    whatever can be owned.

    Etymology: See thing.

  5. thingnoun

    The latest fad or fashion.

    Etymology: See thing.

  6. thingnoun

    clothes, possessions or equipment.

    Etymology: See thing.

  7. thingnoun

    A unit or container, usually containing edible goods.

    Etymology: See thing.

  8. thingnoun

    A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor.

    The car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety.

    Etymology: See thing.

  9. thingnoun

    A penis.

    Etymology: See thing.

  10. thingnoun

    A living being or creature.

    Etymology: See thing.

  11. thingnoun

    That which matters; the crux.

    Etymology: See thing.

  12. thingnoun

    A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.

    Etymology: See thing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thingnoun

    whatever exists, or is conceived to exist, as a separate entity, whether animate or inanimate; any separable or distinguishable object of thought

  2. Thingnoun

    an inanimate object, in distinction from a living being; any lifeless material

  3. Thingnoun

    a transaction or occurrence; an event; a deed

  4. Thingnoun

    a portion or part; something

  5. Thingnoun

    a diminutive or slighted object; any object viewed as merely existing; -- often used in pity or contempt

  6. Thingnoun

    clothes; furniture; appurtenances; luggage; as, to pack or store one's things

  7. Thingnoun

    whatever may be possessed or owned; a property; -- distinguished from person

  8. Thingnoun

    in Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly


  1. Thing

    The Thing is a fictional character, a superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a founding member of the Fantastic Four. His trademark orange rocky appearance, sense of humor, blue eyes, and his famous battle cry, "It's clobberin' time!", makes him a very recognizable comic book character. The Thing's speech patterns are loosely based on those of Jimmy Durante. Michael Chiklis portrayed The Thing in the 2005 film Fantastic Four, and its 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. In 2011, IGN ranked the Thing 18th in the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thing

    thing, n. an inanimate object: a living being (in tenderness or in contempt): an event: a part: (pl.) clothes, wraps.—ns. Thing′iness, reality, objectivity: disposition to take a materialistic view of things; Thing′-in-itself′, a noumenon, the Ger. ding an sich; Thing′umbob, Thing′ummy (coll.), a thing, anything, an indefinite name for some person whom one cannot be troubled to name distinctly.—adj. Thing′y, materialistic.—Do the handsome thing by, to treat generously; Know a thing or two, to be shrewd; Make a good thing of it, to reap a good advantage from; The thing, the proper or right thing. [A.S. thing, thinc; Ger. ding.]

  2. Thing

    ting, n. a parliament, or a court of law, in Scandinavian countries. [Ice. thing, an assembly.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Thing

    name for a legislative or judicial assembly among the Scandinavians.

Editors Contribution

  1. thing

    A known and specific data, information, product, word or detail.

    Those things over there are to be deleted from the computer.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Thing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #336

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Thing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #131

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Thing' in Nouns Frequency: #7

Anagrams for Thing »

  1. night, Night

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thing in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Thing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Thing in a Sentence

  1. Handi Kurniawan:

    We were so scared, we just could not believe that this kind of thing (could) happen again in Jakarta.

  2. Dave Weinstein:

    It's the thing people do to be secure and then it ends up backfiring, unless you have a state-of-the-art facility and 24/7 operation center backing it, you can't compare the level of security to something as commoditized as Gmail.

  3. Nitin Khanna:

    One of my favorite things to tell people when I'm coaching them, is every great executive I've ever known has almost unlimited free time. The most incredible thing someone can learn is how to build that time. If a meeting can be done in five minutes there is no reason to take 15 minutes. I have learned through experience how to prioritize tasks and analyze what needs to be addressed first.

  4. Lee Ermey:

    I love the character, the beautiful thing about Sheriff Hoyt is the simple fact that he’s a sexually perverted homicidal maniac. How do you go over the top with this guy? You can just go crazy with him. Basically, I was allowed to do exactly that. Every character I’ve ever played, I always try to take him right to the edge and not allow him to fall over, but directors have a tendency to pull me back a little bit. I hate to hear ‘Less is more.’ It’s a crock of crap. I think more is more and with this character I was allowed to go just completely berserk, and that’s what I love to do.

  5. Susan Brown:

    The only thing this is going to result in is more lawsuits.

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