What does thick mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word thick.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. midst, thickadjective

    the location of something surrounded by other things

    "in the midst of the crowd"

  2. thickadjective

    not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions

    "an inch thick"; "a thick board"; "a thick sandwich"; "spread a thick layer of butter"; "thick coating of dust"; "thick warm blankets"

  3. thickadjective

    having component parts closely crowded together

    "a compact shopping center"; "a dense population"; "thick crowds"; "a thick forest"; "thick hair"

  4. thickadjective

    relatively dense in consistency

    "thick cream"; "thick soup"; "thick smoke"; "thick fog"

  5. slurred, thickadjective

    spoken as if with a thick tongue

    "the thick speech of a drunkard"; "his words were slurred"

  6. compact, heavyset, stocky, thick, thicksetadjective

    having a short and solid form or stature

    "a wrestler of compact build"; "he was tall and heavyset"; "stocky legs"; "a thickset young man"

  7. dense, thickadjective

    hard to pass through because of dense growth

    "dense vegetation"; "thick woods"

  8. thick, deepadjective

    (of darkness) very intense

    "thick night"; "thick darkness"; "a face in deep shadow"; "deep night"

  9. chummy, buddy-buddy, thick(p)adjective

    (used informally) associated on close terms

    "a close friend"; "the bartender was chummy with the regular customers"; "the two were thick as thieves for months"

  10. blockheaded, boneheaded, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, loggerheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-skulled, wooden-headedadjective

    (used informally) stupid

  11. thickadverb

    abounding; having a lot of

    "the top was thick with dust"

  12. thickly, thickadverb

    with a thick consistency

    "the blood was flowing thick"

  13. thick, thicklyadverb

    in quick succession

    "misfortunes come fast and thick"


  1. thicknoun

    The thickest, or most active or intense part of something.

    It was mayhem in the thick of battle.

  2. thickverb

    To thicken.

    The nightmare Life-in-death was she, / Who thicks man's blood with cold. uE00014337uE001 Coleridge.

  3. thickadverb

    In a thick manner.

    Snow lay thick on the ground.

  4. thickadverb


    Bread should be sliced thick to make toast.

  5. thickadjective

    Relatively great in extent from one surface to the opposite in its smallest solid dimension.

  6. thickadjective

    Measuring a certain number of units in this dimension.

    I want some planks that are two inches thick.

  7. thickadjective

    Heavy in build; thickset.

    He had such a thick neck that he had to turn his body to look to the side.

  8. thickadjective

    Densely crowded or packed.

    We walked through thick undergrowth.

  9. thickadjective

    Having a viscous consistency.

    My mum's gravy was thick but at least it moved about.

  10. thickadjective

    Abounding in number.

    The room was thick with reporters.

  11. thickadjective

    Impenetrable to sight.

    We drove through thick fog.

  12. thickadjective

    Difficult to understand, or poorly articulated.

    We had difficulty understanding him with his thick accent.

  13. thickadjective


    He was as thick as two short planks.

  14. thickadjective

    Friendly or intimate.

    They were as thick as thieves.

  15. thickadjective

    Deep, intense, or profound.

    Thick darkness.

  16. Etymology: From thicke, from þicce, from þikkuz, from tegus. Cognate with dik, dick, tjock, tiug, and tew.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. THICKadjective

    Etymology: ðicce , Saxon; dick, Dutch; dyck, Danish; thickur, Islandick.

    God caused the wind to blow, to dry up the abundant slime of the earth, make the land more firm, and cleanse the air of thick vapours and unwholesome mists. Walter Raleigh.

    To warm milk pour spirit of nitre; the milk presently after will become thicker than it was. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    Why hast thou lost the fresh blood in thy cheeks,
    And given my treasures and my rights of thee,
    To thick ey’d musing and curs’d melancholy? William Shakespeare.

    A fermentation makes all the wine in the vessel thick or foul; but when that is past, it grows clear of itself. William Temple.

    Encumber’d in the mud, their oars divide
    With heavy stroaks the thick unwieldy tide. Addison.

    My little finger shall be thicker than his loins. 1 Kings xii.

    Thou art waxen fat; thou art grown thick, covered with fatness. Deut. xxxii. 15.

    They charged the defendants with their small shot and Turky arrows as thick as hail. Richard Knolles.

    Favours came thick upon him, liker main showers than sprinkling drops or dews; for the next St. George’s day he was knighted, made gentleman of the king’s bed-chamber, and an annual pension given him. Henry Wotton.

    This being once a week, came too thick and too often about. Henry Spelman.

    His pills as thick as handgranado’s flew,
    And where they fell as certainly they slew. Wentworth Dillon.

    It brought them to a hollow cave,
    Amid the thickest woods. Fairy Qu. b. i.

    The people were gathered thick together. Luke xi. 29.

    Not thicker billows beat the Libyan main,
    Nor thicker harvests on rich Hermus rise,
    Than stand these troops. John Dryden, Æn.

    He fought secure of fortune as of fame;
    Still by new maps the island might be shewn:
    Conquests he strew’d where’er he came,
    Thick as the galaxy with stars is sown. Dryden.

    Objects of pain or pleasure do not lie thick enough together in life to keep the soul in constant action. Addison.

    He through a little window cast his sight,
    Though thick of bars that gave a scanty light. Dryden.

    The speedy horse
    Watch each entrance of the winding wood,
    Black was the forest, thick with beech it stood. Dryden.

    Next the proud palace of Salerno stood
    A mount of rough ascent, and thick with wood. Dryden.

    Bring it near some thick-headed tree. John Mortimer.

    It tasteth a little of the wax, which in a pomegranate, or some such thick-coated fruit, it would not. Francis Bacon.

    Thick-leaved weeds amongst the grass will need more drying than ordinary grass. John Mortimer, Husbandry.

    Speaking thick, which nature made his blemish,
    Became the accents of the valiant,
    To seem like him. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

  2. Thickadverb

    It is not always easy to distinguish the adverb from the adjective.

    ’Tis some disaster,
    Or else he would not send so thick. John Denham, Sophy.

    I hear the trampling of thick beating feet;
    This way they move. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    The neighb’ring plain with arms is cover’d o’er;
    The vale an iron harvest seems to yield,
    Of thick sprung lances in a waving field. Dryden.

    A little plat of ground thick sown, is better than a great field which lies fallow. John Norris, Miscel.

    If you apply it thick spread, it will eat to the bone. Richard Wiseman.

    Cato has piercing eyes, and will discern
    Our frauds, unless they’re cover’d thick with art. Addison.

    They came thick and threefold for a time, till one experienced stager discovered the plot. Roger L'Estrange, Fab.

  3. Thicknoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Achimetes having with a mine suddenly blown up a great part of the wall of the Spanish station, in the thick of the dust and smoak presently entered his men. Richard Knolles.

    Through perils both of wind and limb,
    Through thick and thin she followed him. Hudibras.

    When first the down appears upon his chin,
    For a small sum to swear through thick and thin. John Dryden.


  1. thick

    Thick generally refers to the relatively large distance between opposing sides of an object, area, or material. It is the dimension of solid objects that is perceived as the longest, opposite of thin. This term can also denote high density or intensity in abstract concepts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thick

    measuring in the third dimension other than length and breadth, or in general dimension other than length; -- said of a solid body; as, a timber seven inches thick

  2. Thick

    having more depth or extent from one surface to its opposite than usual; not thin or slender; as, a thick plank; thick cloth; thick paper; thick neck

  3. Thick

    dense; not thin; inspissated; as, thick vapors. Also used figuratively; as, thick darkness

  4. Thick

    not transparent or clear; hence, turbid, muddy, or misty; as, the water of a river is apt to be thick after a rain

  5. Thick

    abundant, close, or crowded in space; closely set; following in quick succession; frequently recurring

  6. Thick

    not having due distinction of syllables, or good articulation; indistinct; as, a thick utterance

  7. Thick

    deep; profound; as, thick sleep

  8. Thick

    dull; not quick; as, thick of fearing

  9. Thick

    intimate; very friendly; familiar

  10. Thicknoun

    the thickest part, or the time when anything is thickest

  11. Thicknoun

    a thicket; as, gloomy thicks

  12. Thickadverb

    frequently; fast; quick

  13. Thickadverb

    closely; as, a plat of ground thick sown

  14. Thickadverb

    to a great depth, or to a greater depth than usual; as, land covered thick with manure

  15. Thick

    to thicken


  1. Thick

    Thick is an album by the fusion jazz band Tribal Tech released in 1999. As a contrast to Tribal Tech's previous recordings, the album features less compositional material and is based largely on improvization.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thick

    thik, adj. dense: imperfectly mobile: compact: not transparent or clear: misty: dull, mentally clouded: crowded: closely set: abundant: frequent, in quick succession: having great depth or circumference: (coll.) in fast friendship.—n. the thickest part of anything: a stupid person.—adv. closely: frequently: fast: to a great depth.—adjs. Thick′-and-thin, thorough, completely devoted; Thick′-com′ing (Shak.), coming fast or close together.—v.t. Thick′en, to make thick or close: to strengthen.—v.i. to become thick or obscure: to crowd or press.—ns. Thick′ening, something put into a liquid or mass to make it more thick; Thick′et, a collection of trees or shrubs thickly or closely set: close wood or copse.—adjs. Thick′-head′ed, having a thick head or skull: stupid; Thick′ish, somewhat thick.—n. Thick′-knee, a stone-plover.—adj. Thick′-lipped (Shak.), having thick lips.—adv. Thick′ly.—n. Thick′ness.—adjs. Thick′-pleached (Shak.), closely interwoven; Thick′-set, closely planted: having a short, thick body.—n. Thick′-skin, a person wanting sensibility: a dull, stupid person, a blockhead.—adj. Thick′-skinned, having a thick skin: wanting sensibility: dull: obtuse.—n. Thick′-skull (same as Thick-skin).—adjs. Thick′-skulled, having a thick skull: dull: stupid; Thick′-sprung (Shak.), that have sprung up thick or close together.—n. Thick′un (slang), a sovereign: a crown.—Lay it on thick, to flatter or praise extravagantly; Through thick and thin, in spite of all obstacles, without any wavering. [A.S. thicce; cog. with Ger. dick.]

  2. Thick

    thik, n. (Spens.) a thicket.—v.i. (Spens.) to grow dense.

Rap Dictionary

  1. thickadjective

    Crazy, intense, overwhelming. "I jumps on the Van Wyck. I gotta make it there quick. A yo , this shit is gettin' mad thick" -- Mr. Cheeks (Renee)

  2. thickadjective

    Fat (sometimes complimentary) "She might be cute, she might be thick, but she will get G'd if she don't suck dick" -- Snoop Doggy Dogg (Head Doctor)

  3. thickadjective

    Nice, good (particularly with reference to women) from West Indian slang. used a lot in the UK. "It's Like tick (thick) rude boy i'm ready to run this ting." Rodney P featuring Julie Dexter (Love song)

  4. thickadjective


Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. THICK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Thick is ranked #74608 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Thick surname appeared 259 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Thick.

    93.4% or 242 total occurrences were White.
    3% or 8 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thick' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2323

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1759

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'thick' in Adjectives Frequency: #269

Anagrams for thick »

  1. it hck

  2. ti hck

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thick in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of thick in a Sentence

  1. Johann von Goethe:

    Plunge boldly into the thick of life

  2. John Kennedy:

    I prepare a long time for a Supreme Court hearing, and I've got a file this thick on, mostly handwritten notes, and I need plenty of time to prepare. I need time to research background. I need time to research cases.

  3. Bill Clinton:

    In the course of dealing with all of this incoming fire from them, I have developed a pretty thick skin. I am not new to the national arena, and I think whoever goes up against Donald Trump better be ready.

  4. Roderick Sawyer:

    Chicago needs a leader who understands our city, its people, its history and its character. It needs someone who is a consensus builder, someone who is willing to work with everyone from across the city, who doesn’t get into feuds and has a thick skin. None of those things describe our current mayor.

  5. Mayor Nic Hunter:

    We're right in the thick of it, it's intense.

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