Thick a. [Compar. Thicker superl. Thickest.]
1. 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.
Were it as thick as is a branched oak. --Chaucer.
My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. --1 Kings xii. 10.
2. 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. Dense; not thin; inspissated; as, thick vapors. Also used figuratively; as, thick darkness.
Make the gruel thick and slab. --Shak.
4. Not transparent or clear; hence, turbid, muddy, or misty; as, the water of a river is apt to be thick after a rain. “In a thick, misty day.”
5. Abundant, close, or crowded in space; closely set; following in quick succession; frequently recurring.
The people were gathered thick together. --Luke xi. 29.
Black was the forest; thick with beech it stood. --Dryden.
6. Not having due distinction of syllables, or good articulation; indistinct; as, a thick utterance.
7. Deep; profound; as, thick sleep. [R.]
8. Dull; not quick; as, thick of fearing.
His dimensions to any thick sight were invincible. --Shak.
9. Intimate; very friendly; familiar. [Colloq.]
We have been thick ever since. --T. Hughes.
Note: ☞ Thick is often used in the formation of compounds, most of which are self-explaining; as, thick-barred, thick-bodied, thick-coming, thick-cut, thick-flying, thick-growing, thick-leaved, thick-lipped, thick-necked, thick-planted, thick-ribbed, thick-shelled, thick-woven, and the like.
Thick register. Phon. See the Note under Register, n., 7.
Thick stuff Naut., all plank that is more than four inches thick and less than twelve. --J. Knowles.
Syn: -- Dense; close; compact; solid; gross; coarse.
1. The thickest part, or the time when anything is thickest.
In the thick of the dust and smoke. --Knolles.
2. A thicket; as, gloomy thicks. [Obs.]
Through the thick they heard one rudely rush. --Spenser.
He through a little window cast his sight
Through thick of bars, that gave a scanty light. --Dryden.
Thick-and-thin block Naut., a fiddle block. See under Fiddle.
Through thick and thin, through all obstacles and difficulties, both great and small.
Through thick and thin she followed him. --Hudibras.
He became the panegyrist, through thick and thin, of a military frenzy. --Coleridge.
1. Frequently; fast; quick.
2. Closely; as, a plat of ground thick sown.
3. To a great depth, or to a greater depth than usual; as, land covered thick with manure.
Thick and threefold, in quick succession, or in great numbers. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.
Thick, v. t. & i. To thicken. [R.]
The nightmare Life-in-death was she,
Who thicks man's blood with cold. --Coleridge.
adj 1: 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" [ant: thin]
2: closely crowded together; "a compact shopping center"; "a
dense population"; "thick crowds" [syn: compact, dense]
3: relatively dense in consistency; "thick cream"; "thick
soup"; "thick smoke"; "thick fog" [ant: thin]
4: spoken as if with a thick tongue; "the thick speech of a
drunkard"; "his words were slurred" [syn: slurred]
5: wide from side to side; "a heavy black mark" [syn: heavy]
6: hard to pass through because of dense growth; "dense
vegetation"; "thick woods" [syn: dense]
7: (of darkness) very intense; "thick night"; "thick darkness";
"a face in deep shadow"; "deep night" [syn: deep]
8: abundant; "a thick head of hair"
9: heavy and compact in form or stature; "a wrestler of compact
build"; "he was tall and heavyset"; "stocky legs"; "a
thick middle-aged man"; "a thickset young man" [syn: compact,
heavyset, stocky, thickset]
10: (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"
[syn: chummy, buddy-buddy, thick(p)]
11: used informally [syn: blockheaded, boneheaded, fatheaded,
loggerheaded, thickheaded, thick-skulled, wooden-headed]
12: abundantly covered or filled; "the top was thick with dust"
n : the location of something surrounded by other things; "in
the midst of the crowd" [syn: midst]
adv 1: with a thick consistency; "the blood was flowing thick"
[syn: thickly] [ant: thinly]
2: in quick succession; "misfortunes come fast and thick" [syn: