Word of the Day: thin

Word of the Day
May 12, 2016
thin (adjective, adverb, verb)
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Thin is the opposite of fat.
Thin is the opposite of thick when we talk about objects and, when we talk about people, it is the opposite of fat. When we talk about clothes, thin means 'of light material' and, in relation to vegetation or hair, 'not dense.' Related to liquid food such as soup or sauces, it means 'quite watery.' As a synonym for superficialthin also means 'lacking substance.' As an adverb, thin means 'in a thin manner' and, as a verb, it means 'to make thin.'

 

Example sentences
 
I cut the birthday cake into 20 thin slices.
Edward has lost loads of weight. He used to be quite fat, but now he's really thin.
It was a hot day, so Natalie put on a thin dress.
In this hot climate, we only have thin vegetation.
Add more liquid until you have a thin sauce.
The plot of this movie is pretty thin.
Slice the bread thin; you know I don't like thick slices.
Once the plants start coming up, you will need to thin them to about 12 centimeters apart.

 

Words often used with thin
 
thin on top: going bald. Example: "I saw my old boyfriend from school the other day; he's really thin on top now. I bet he won't have any hair left at all by the time he's 35."
 
Did you know?
 
Thin air is literally the kind of air you get at high altitude, but figuratively, if someone or something appears out of thin air or disappears into thin air, it means that they seem to have come from nowhere or vanished without anyone knowing where they have gone. So, you might say, "I was walking along the road, when a ball appeared out of thin air and hit me on the head. Then a small child ran over and grabbed the ball. By the time I turned around, both the child and the ball had disappeared into thin air!"
 
Other forms
 
thinness (noun), thinly (adverb)
 
Origin
 
Thin dates back to before 900; the adjective comes from the Middle English word thyn(ne) and the Old English word thynne; it is a cognate with the Dutch word dun, the German word dünn, and the Old Norse word thunnr. The verb comes from the Middle English word thynnen and the Old English word thynnian and is derivative of the adjective.
 
 
 
 
 
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