They are as thick as two inkle-weavers.

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Thick (?), a. [Compar. Thicker (?); superl. Thickest.] [OE. thicke, AS. icce; akin to D. dik, OS. thikki, OHG. dicchi thick, dense, G. dick thick, Icel. ykkr, jokkr, and probably to Gael. & Ir. tiugh. Cf. Tight.]


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.


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.


Dense; not thin; inspissated; as, thick vapors. Also used figuratively; as, thick darkness.

Make the gruel thick and slab. Shak.


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."

Sir W. Scott.


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.


Not having due distinction of syllables, or good articulation; indistinct; as, a thick utterance.


Deep; profound; as, thick sleep.




Dull; not quick; as, thick of fearing.


His dimensions to any thick sight were invincible. Shak.


Intimate; very friendly; familiar.


We have been thick ever since. T. Hughes.

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. <-- Thick-skulled, thick-headed. Stupid, slow to learn. [derogatory] -->

Syn. -- Dense; close; compact; solid; gross; coarse.


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Thick, n.


The thickest part, or the time when anything is thickest.

In the thick of the dust and smoke. Knolles.


A thicket; as, gloomy thicks.



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.


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Thick (?), adv. [AS. þicce.]


Frequently; fast; quick.


Closely; as, a plat of ground thick sown.


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.


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Thick, v. t. & i. [Cf. AS. iccian.]

To thicken.


The nightmare Life-in-death was she, Who thicks man's blood with cold. Coleridge.


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