thinly

thinly
thin|ly [ˈθınli] adv
1.) in a way that has a very small distance between two sides or two flat surfaces
≠ ↑thickly
thinly sliced bread
2.) scattered or spread over a large area, with a lot of space in between
Sow the radish seeds thinly.
The mountain regions are more thinly populated than the lowlands.
3.) thinly disguised/veiled
if something is thinly disguised etc, someone is pretending it is something else, but you can easily see what it really is
He looked at Frank's new car with thinly veiled envy.

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