Definition of thatch in English:
1A roof covering of straw, reeds, palm leaves, or a similar material.
- The downpour continued all night, but nary a drop violated my palm thatch.
- The straw thatch was not two feet above her face.
- High on the roof of the store, weaving a string of Norfolk reeds into the thatch, Billy Betsford looked down at the old man.
1.1Straw or a similar material used for a roof covering.
- Roofing materials were thatch, turf, timber, tiles, slates, and lead.
- These buildings could be substantial, consisting normally of a low wall of stone with a roof of thatch, skins, or other organic material supported by timbers.
- Traditional building materials of mud (for walls) and thatch (for roofs) are being replaced by cement and tiles.
1.2 informal The hair on a person’s head, especially if thick or unruly.
- The stocky Dundonian has grown a thatch of snowy white hair and a matching beard for his role as a crazy psychiatrist in the film version of the international bestseller Running With Scissors.
- He had brown eyes and a thatch of thick, shaggy brown hair.
- He is a somewhat shambling but attractive denim-clad man in his late 50s, with a thatch of pewter-coloured hair, an engaging smile and a permanently amused gaze.
1.3A matted layer of dead stalks, moss, and other material in a lawn.
- All grass forms a layer of dead plant material, known as thatch, between the grass blades and the soil.
- If conditions are dry enough, lawns will benefit from a good raking to remove debris, thatch and moss.
- It's a good time to scarify lawns and remove the dead grass called thatch.
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Cover (a roof or a building) with straw or a similar material: (as adjective thatched) thatched cottages
More example sentences
- The roofs were thatched, turfed or covered in wood shingles, depending on available local resources.
- The grain was used for feeding the livestock and the straw for thatching the roof.
- The homes at the turn of the century were all built from fieldstones and had thatched roofs.
- Example sentences
- Across Yorkshire as a whole, 155 additional construction workers are needed with the necessary skills to maintain historic buildings - 48 carpenters, 45 slate and tile roofers, 36 stonemasons and 26 thatchers.
- Demonstrations by rural craftsmen will feature the work of the thatcher, stone mason, wheelwright, blacksmith, bodger, cooper, cane and rush weaver and stick maker.
- He was a thatcher and thatched roofs in the white suburbs of Johannesburg.
Words that rhyme with thatchattach, batch, catch, crosshatch, detach, hatch, latch, match, mismatch, natch, outmatch, patch, scratch
Definition of thatch in:
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