- IPA: /ˈθɪn/
thin (comparative thinner, superlative thinnest)
- Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite.
- thin plate of metal; thin paper; thin board; thin covering
- 1945 August 17, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 7, in Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, London: Secker & Warburg, OCLC 3655473 ↗:
- Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe that it was Snowball who had destroyed the windmill: they said that it had fallen down because the walls were too thin.
- Very narrow in all diameters; having a cross section that is small in all directions.
- thin wire; thin string
- Having little body fat or flesh; slim; slender; lean; gaunt.
- thin person
- Of low viscosity or low specific gravity.
- Water is thinner than honey.
- Scarce; not close, crowded, or numerous; not filling the space.
- The trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin.
- 1705 (revised 1718), Joseph Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy
- Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people.
- (golf) Describing a poorly played golf shot where the ball is struck by the bottom part of the club head. See fat, shank, toe.
- Lacking body or volume; small; feeble; not full.
- thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams
- Slight; small; slender; flimsy; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering.
- a thin disguise
- (having little thickness from one surface to its opposite) narrow; see also Thesaurus:narrow
- (very narrow in all diameters) fine
- (having little body fat or flesh) reedy, skinny, slender, slim, svelte, waifish; see also Thesaurus:slender or Thesaurus:scrawny
- (of low viscosity) runny, watery; see also Thesaurus:runny
- (not close or crowded) spaced out, sparse; see also Thesaurus:diffuse
- (not numerous) scant, scarce, slight
- French: mince
- German: dünn
- Italian: sottile
- Portuguese: fino (of objects), ralo (as of hair)
- Russian: то́нкий
- French: maigre
- German: dünn, schlank
- Italian: magro, sottile, emaciato, consunto
- Portuguese: magro (of people or animals), tênue (slender), delgado
- Russian: худо́й
- Spanish: flaco, delgado
thin (plural thins)
- (philately) A loss or tearing of paper from the back of a stamp, although not sufficient to create a complete hole.
- Any food produced or served in thin slices.
- chocolate mint thins
- potato thins
thin (thins, present participle thinning; past and past participle thinned)
- (transitive) To make thin or thinner.
- (intransitive) To become thin or thinner.
- The crowds thinned after the procession had passed: there was nothing more to see.
- To dilute.
- To remove some plants or parts of plants in order to improve the growth of what remains.
- Spanish: entresacar
- Not thickly or closely; in a scattered state.
- seed sown thin
- 1623, Francis Bacon, A Discourse of a War with Spain
- Spain is a nation thin sown of people.