thick1 W2S2 [θık] adj comparative thicker superlative thickest
1¦(not thin)¦
3¦(trees/bushes etc)¦
4¦(smoke/cloud etc)¦
9¦(large amount)¦
10 be thick on the ground
11 have a thick skin
13 give somebody a thick ear/get a thick ear
14 be thick with somebody
15 (it's) a bit thick
[: Old English; Origin: thicce]
1.) ¦(NOT THIN)¦
a) if something is thick, there is a large distance or a larger distance than usual between its two opposite surfaces or sides
≠ ↑thin
a thick oak door
a thick slice of homemade bread
He was wearing thick glasses.
short thick fingers
thick wool socks (=socks that are heavy and warm)
If you want a thicker blanket, there are more here in the closet.
The meat is done when the thickest part turns from pink to white.
thick with
The furniture was thick with dust (=there was thick dust on the furniture) .
measuring a particular distance between two opposite sides or surfaces of something
3 feet/1cm/two inches etc thick
The walls are about two meters thick.
How thick should the glass in the tank be?
This layer of brain tissue is no thicker than 2 mm.
see usage notewide1
growing very close together or having a lot of leaves
= ↑dense
birds hiding in the thick undergrowth
thick with
The walls were thick with ivy.
filling the air, and difficult to see through or breathe in
= ↑dense
thick fog
thick with
The air was thick with cigarette smoke .
5.) ¦(LIQUID)¦
almost solid, and therefore flowing very slowly, or not flowing at all
For a thicker gravy, add more flour.
The paint is too thick.
6.) ¦(HAIR/FUR)¦
having a lot of hair or fur
She ran her fingers through her thick brown hair.
7.) ¦(STUPID)¦
BrE informal a thick person is stupid
He's a nice guy, but he's a bit thick.
(as) thick as two short planks
(=very stupid)
8.) ¦(VOICE)¦
a) if someone has a thick ↑accent, the way they speak shows clearly which particular place or part of a country they come from
a thick German/Yorkshire etc accent
Andre speaks English with a thick Russian accent.
b) if someone's voice is thick, it is not as clear or high as usual, for example because they are upset
Bill's voice was thick and gruff.
thick with
Her voice was thick with emotion.
especially written containing a lot of people or things
The cod were so thick in the water that they caught thousands very quickly.
thick with
The roads were thick with holiday traffic.
10.) be thick on the ground
BrE to be present or available in large amounts or numbers
≠ ↑thin on the ground
Cheap houses aren't as thick on the ground as they used to be.
11.) have a thick skin
to not care if people criticize you or do not like you
12.) ¦(FRIENDLY)¦
be (as) thick as thieves
if two people are as thick as thieves, they are very friendly with each other and seem to share a lot of secrets, making other people think they are hiding or planning something
Lately Nick and Lou have been as thick as thieves.
13.) give sb a thick ear/get a thick ear
BrE spoken to hit someone or be hit on the head, as a punishment
Any more cheek from you and you'll get a thick ear.
14.) be thick with sb
old-fashioned to be very friendly with someone
15.) (it's) a bit thick
BrE old-fashioned used to say something is a little unfair or annoying
thick 2
thick2 adv
1.) thickly. Many teachers think this is not correct English
peanut butter spread thick
2.) thick and fast
arriving or happening very frequently, in large amounts or numbers
Entries have been coming in thick and fast.
lay it on (a bit thick) at lay on(3)
thick 3
thick3 n
1.) in the thick of sth
involved in the busiest, most active, most dangerous etc part of a situation
Brown hopes to be back in the thick of the action as soon as possible.
2.) through thick and thin
in spite of any difficulties or problems
Then, families stuck together through thick and thin .

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