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English adjective: thin

1. thin of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section

SamplesThin wire.
A thin chiffon blouse.
A thin book.
A thin layer of paint.

Similarbladed, capillary, cobwebby, compressed, depressed, diaphanous, filamentlike, filamentous, filiform, filmy, fine, flat, gauze-like, gauzy, gossamer, hairlike, hyperfine, light, paper thin, papery, ribbonlike, ribbony, see-through, sheer, sleazy, slender, tenuous, threadlike, thready, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, wafer-thin

See alsolean, narrow, thin



2. thin lacking excess flesh

SamplesYou can't be too rich or too thin.
Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look.


Similaranorectic, anorexic, boney, bony, cadaverous, deep-eyed, emaciated, gangling, gangly, gaunt, haggard, hollow-eyed, lank, lanky, pinched, rawboned, reedlike, reedy, scarecrowish, scraggy, scrawny, shriveled, shrivelled, shrunken, skeletal, skinny, slender, slender-waisted, slight, slim, slim-waisted, spare, spindle-legged, spindle-shanked, spindly, stringy, sunken-eyed, svelte, trim, twiggy, twiglike, underweight, wasp-waisted, wasted, weedy, wiry, wisplike, wispy, withered, wizen, wizened

See alsoectomorphic, thin

Attributebody weight


3. thin very narrow

SamplesA thin line across the page.



Antonymsbroad, wide

4. thin not dense

SamplesA thin beard.
Trees were sparse.




5. thin relatively thin in consistency or low in density; not viscous

SamplesAir is thin at high altitudes.
A thin soup.
Skimmed milk is much thinner than whole milk.
Thin oil.

Similarrare, rarefied, rarified, tenuous

Attributebody, consistence, consistency, eubstance, thickness


6. thin (of sound) lacking resonance or volume

SamplesA thin feeble cry.



7. thin lacking spirit or sincere effort

SamplesA thin smile.



8. thin lacking substance or significance

SamplesSlight evidence.
A tenuous argument.
A thin plot.
A fragile claim to fame.

Synonymsflimsy, fragile, slight, tenuous

Similarinsignificant, unimportant

Antonymssignificant, important

English adverb: thin

1. thin without viscosity

SamplesThe blood was flowing thin.


Antonymsthick, thickly

English verb: thin

1. thin (change) lose thickness; become thin or thinner

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Antonymsthicken, inspissate

2. thin (change) make thin or thinner

SamplesThin the solution.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring down, cut, cut back, cut down, reduce, trim, trim back, trim down

Narrower (hyponym)draw


Antonymsthicken, inspissate

3. thin (change) lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture

SamplesCut bourbon.

Synonymscut, dilute, reduce, thin out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)weaken

Narrower (hyponym)water down

4. thin (body) take off weight

Synonymslose weight, melt off, reduce, slenderize, slim, slim down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

Narrower (hyponym)sweat off

Antonymsgain, put on

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