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thin

Synonyms of thin in English:

adjective

  • 1 a thin white line
    [Antonyms] thick, broad
  • 2 thin, crisp pancakes
    [Antonyms] thick
  • 3 the thin cotton of her nightdress
    [Antonyms] heavy, thick
  • 4 a tall, thin woman dressed all in black
    slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slight;
    skinny, underweight, scrawny, scraggy, bony, angular, raw-boned, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, as thin as a rake, as thin as a reed, like a matchstick, stick-like, size-zero, skin-and-bones, emaciated, skeletal, cadaverous, like a skeleton, wasted, pinched, undernourished, underfed;
    lanky, spindly, stringy, gangly, gangling, reedy, weedy
    informal looking like a bag of bones, anorexic, anorectic
    [Antonyms] fat, plump, overweight
  • 5 he ran a hand over his thin grey hair
    sparse, scanty, wispy, thinning
    [Antonyms] abundant, thick
  • 6 attendance on the Conservative back benches was thin to say the least
  • 7 a bowl of thin soup
    watery, watered down, weak, dilute, diluted, thinned down;
    South African slap
    [Antonyms] thick
  • 8 her thin voice trailed off
    weak, faint, feeble, small, soft, low;
    reedy, high-pitched
    [Antonyms] strong, loud
  • 9 the thin cold air of the mountains
    rarefied
  • 10 the plot is very thin
    insubstantial, flimsy, slight, feeble, lame, poor, weak, shallow, tenuous, threadbare, inadequate, insufficient;
    unconvincing, unbelievable, implausible
    [Antonyms] meaty, convincing
  • Phrases

    thin on the ground

    1
    breathtaking visual moments are all too thin on the ground
    rare, few and far between, scarce, seldom seen/found;

    verb

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  • 1 some paint must be thinned down before use
  • 2 the crowds were beginning to thin out
    become less dense/numerous, decrease, diminish, dwindle, lessen, become less in number;
    disperse, dissipate, scatter
  • 3 a beautiful shrub which becomes rather dense if not thinned out after flowering
    prune, cut back, trim
    technical single
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