ldoce_335_fthinthin1 /θɪn/ ●●●S2W2 adjective (comparative thinner, superlative thinnest)1not thickTHIN OBJECT OR MATERIAL if something is thin, there is only a small distance between its two opposite sides or surfacesOPP thicka thin gold chainShe’s only wearing a thin summer jacket (=a jacket made of light material).two thin slices of breadThe road was covered with a thin layer of ice.The skin on the eyelids is the thinnest on the body.paper/wafer thin (=very thin)Keep your voice down – the walls are paper thin.2not fatTHIN PERSON having little fat on your bodyOPP fatHe was tall and thin, with short brown hair.thin arms/legs/lips etcHe has long thin hands.Most high school girls say they want to be thinner.as thin as a rake/rail/whippet (=very thin)3hairFEW/NOT MANY if someone has thin hair, they do not have a lot of haira thin straggly beardHis hair is quite thin on top.4liquidLIQUID a liquid that is thin flows very easily because it has a lot of water in itOPP thickthin paint5smoke/mistSEEsmoke or mist that is thin is easy to see throughOPP thickThe fog is quite thin in places.6airDN air that is thin is more difficult to breathe than usual because it has less oxygen in itthe thinner air high in the mountains7excuse/argument/evidence etcBELIEVE a thin excuse, argument, or evidence is not good or detailed enough to be useful or effectiveEvidence that capital punishment deters crime is pretty thin.8 →a thin margin/majority etc9smile a thin smile does not seem very happy or sincereCharlie gave her a thin smile.10voice/soundHIGH SOUND OR VOICE a thin voice or sound is high and unpleasant to listen toHis thin voice trailed off.11 →the thin end of the wedge12 →be thin on the ground13 →be having a thin time (of it)14 →be (walking/treading/skating) on thin ice15 →disappear/vanish into thin air16 →out of thin air →wear1(6) —thinness noun [uncountable]THESAURUSpersonthin having little fat on your bodya tall, thin manslim thin in an attractive wayher slim figurea slim woman in her fiftiesMagazines are always full of advice about how to stay slim.slender written thin in an attractive and graceful way – used especially about parts of the body, and used especially about womenher long, slender legsShe is slender, with very fair hair.lean thin and looking healthy and fithis lean bodyHe was lean and looked like a runner.skinny very thin in a way that is not attractivea skinny teenagerYour arms are so skinny!slight written thin and delicatea small, slight girl with big eyesscrawny /ˈskrɔːni $ ˈskrɒː-/ very thin, small, and weak-lookinga scrawny kid in blue jeansunderweight below the usual weight for someone of your height, and therefore too thinHe had no appetite and remained underweight.gaunt /ɡɔːnt $ ɡɒːnt/ written very thin and pale, especially because of illness or continued worryHe looked gaunt and had not shaved for days.emaciated /ɪˈmeɪʃieɪtəd, -si-/ written extremely thin and weak, because you are ill or not getting enough to eatThe tents were filled with emaciated refugees.skeletal written used about someone who is so thin that you can see the shape of their bonesThe soldiers were shocked by the skeletal figures of the camp’s prisoners.anorexic used about someone who is extremely thin because they have a mental illness that makes them stop eatingHer daughter is anorexic.anorexic teenagersobject/materialthin not widea thin slice of cakea thin layer of iceThe gold was very thin.slim thin, especially in a way that looks attractivea slim volume of poetrya slim mobile phonea slim wooden boxslender writtentall or long and thin, in a way that looks attractive, but is often not very strongthe slender columns that supported the roof The spider was hanging by a slender thread. paper-thin/wafer-thin extremely thin, like paperThe walls of the apartment were paper-thin.wafer-thin slices of pastryThe petals are paper-thin.
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thin• I wish my legs were thinner.• In fact, one of the features that sets the goat-antelopes apart from their relatives is the relatively thin and fragileskull.• She looked pale, thin, and unhealthy.• He's tall and thin and wears glasses.• Her thickbrowncottonstockings were bunched around her thinankles, her legs were blue.• a wire as thin as a human hair• I'm afraid the evidence is really too thin as it stands. We need to investigate further.• For these crepes you will need a fairly thinbatter, so do not add too much flour.• It was a chilly night, and he had only a thinblanket for warmth.• a thin blue line• Martin wore a thin cotton shirt under his sweater.• How do you get your sugarcookies so thin, Dagmar?• That's a prettythin excuse - he could have gotten there if he'd really wanted to.• "What do you want?" gasped Helen in a thin, frightened voice.• I was disappointed with your historyessay, it seemed a little thin in terms of content.• If this showed their somewhat thinknowledge of my country, the compliment was returned.• The lake was covered with a thinlayer of ice.• In her pocket was a thinleatherwallet containing six ten dollarbills.• It is a cage, suspended from the ceiling by the thinnest of threads.• His hair's getting thin on top.• Both of them noticed with shock how alarmingly thin she was, frail to the point of vanishing.• a thinslice of bread• My curtains are too thin to keep the sun out.• At sixteen, I was still very thin, unattractive, and underdeveloped.• The air is so thin up here I can hardly breathe.• The layers of paint are built up by the application of a thinwash, staining the primedcanvas.• Larry was tall and thin with dark brown hair and bright blue eyes.paper/wafer thin• She and Justine developed a long distance friendship, cemented by immensely long letters on wafer thin paper.• If only I had a duck's back instead of wafer thinskin.• A wafer thintranslucent something undulated through the air towards her, chuckling gently to itself in a liquid voice.• It was fashioned from dark greenplastic, wafer thin, yet of considerable weight.thin arms/legs/lips etc• She hurried them away from their anchorage and stripped them down her thin legs.• He kept his on, suspicious as he was; the shirt masked his thin arms and cavedchest.• His dark skin glistens, his slanted eyes above his high cheekbones are cruel, his thin lips are determined.• Paler, shinycolours help thin lips look more full.• The men lay crumpled and motionless, open-mouthed, their thin legstangled together.thinthin2 ●●○ verb (thinned, thinning)1CROWD[intransitive, transitive] (also thin out) to become fewer in number, especially when there were many before, or to remove people, plants, or things so that fewer remainThe crowd had thinned out and only a few people were left.The trees thinned as we got closer to the top of the mountain.Traffic was finally thinning.Thin the carrots to two inches apart.Her hair had been thinned and cut shorter.2[intransitive, transitive] to make something thinner or to become thinnerOPP thickenThe clouds had begun to thin.A narrow smile thinned his lips.3LIQUID[transitive] (also thin down) to make a liquid weaker by adding water or another liquidThin the sauce by adding milk.thin something with somethingThe pastels can be thinned with water.4[intransitive] if someone’s hair is thinning, they have less hair than they used toa tall man with thinning hair5 →thin the ranks→ See Verb table
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thin• Zhao's hair has thinned and turned gray.• Fermanagh the Carboniferoussedimentsthin northwards against the land mass from which they were derived.• The small group of protestersthinned out by midnight.• With luck, the press might have thinned out.• Add a little oil to thin the mixture.• They went through the fields to thin the sugar beets.• Generally there are too many bodies on stage and it may be your job to thin them out.thinthin3 adverbTHIN PERSONthinly. Many teachers think this is not correct EnglishDon’t cut the bread so thin.
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thin• Core and slice apples very, very thin.From King Business Dictionarythinthin /θɪn/ adjective journalismif trading on a financial market is thin, there is not much activityTrade was thin in the currency markets yesterday, heading into a Japanese long weekend. —thinly adverbThe shares were thinly traded.Originthin1Old Englishthynne