1. hard to pass through because of dense growth

    Synonyms : dense
    Examples :
    • thick woods
  2. spoken as if with a thick tongue

    Synonyms : slurred
    Examples :
    • the thick speech of a drunkard
  3. having a short and solid form or stature

    Synonyms : compact, heavyset, stocky, thickset
    Examples :
    • a thickset young man
  4. (used informally) stupid

    Synonyms : blockheaded, boneheaded, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, loggerheaded, thick-skulled, thickheaded, wooden-headed
  5. in quick succession

    Synonyms : thickly
    Examples :
    • misfortunes come fast and thick
  6. (of darkness) densely dark

    Synonyms : deep
    Examples :
    • thick night
    • thick darkness
  7. (used informally) associated on close terms

    Synonyms : buddy-buddy, chummy
    Examples :
    • the two were thick as thieves for months
  8. with a thick consistency

    Synonyms : thickly
    Examples :
    • the blood was flowing thick
  9. the location of something surrounded by other things

    Synonyms : midst
    Type Of : inside, interior
  10. abounding; having a lot of

    Examples :
    • the top was thick with dust
  11. having component parts closely crowded together

    Examples :
    • thick crowds
    • a thick forest
    • thick hair
  12. not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions

    Antonyms : thin
    Examples :
    • an inch thick
    • a thick board
    • a thick sandwich
    • spread a thick layer of butter
    • thick coating of dust
    • thick warm blankets
  13. relatively dense in consistency

    Antonyms : thin
    Examples :
    • thick cream
    • thick soup
    • thick smoke
    • thick fog


  1. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    Synonyms : baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical
  2. very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    Synonyms : rugged
    Examples :
    • the competition was tough
    • it's a tough life
    • it was a tough job
  3. someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

    Synonyms : street fighter
    Type Of : scrapper, combatant, battler, fighter, belligerent
  4. unfortunate or hard to bear

    Synonyms : hard
    Examples :
    • a tough break
  5. violent and lawless

    Synonyms : ruffianly
    Examples :
    • tough street gangs
  6. physically toughened

    Synonyms : toughened
    Antonyms : tender
    Examples :
    • the tough bottoms of his feet
  7. an aggressive and violent young criminal

    Synonyms : goon, hood, hoodlum, punk, strong-armer, thug, toughie
    Type Of : malefactor, criminal, crook, felon, outlaw
  8. a cruel and brutal fellow

    Synonyms : bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, yob, yobbo, yobo
    Type Of : assaulter, attacker, aggressor, assailant
  9. substantially made or constructed

    Synonyms : sturdy
    Examples :
    • a tough all-weather fabric
    • some plastics are as tough as metal
  10. feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    Synonyms : bad
    Examples :
    • he was feeling tough after a restless night
  11. not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    Antonyms : tender
    Examples :
    • a tough character
  12. resistant to cutting or chewing

    Antonyms : tender


  1. very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction

    Synonyms : tragic


  1. a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

    Synonyms : sturm und drang, upheaval
    Type Of : disorder
    Examples :
    • the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence
  2. unstable flow of a liquid or gas

    Synonyms : turbulency
    Type Of : physical phenomenon
  3. instability in the atmosphere

    Type Of : inclemency, bad weather, inclementness


  1. to go back over again

    Synonyms : retrace
    Type Of : return
    Examples :
    • we retraced the route we took last summer
    • trace your path
  2. a suggestion of some quality

    Synonyms : ghost, touch
    Type Of : suggestion, proffer, proposition
  3. a just detectable amount

    Synonyms : hint, suggestion, tint
    Type Of : small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount
    Examples :
    • he speaks French with a trace of an accent
  4. make a mark or lines on a surface

    Synonyms : delineate, describe, draw, line
    Type Of : mark
    Examples :
    • trace the outline of a figure in the sand
  5. pursue or chase relentlessly

    Synonyms : hound, hunt
    Type Of : go after, chase after, trail, give chase, dog, chase, tag, tail, track
    Examples :
    • The hunters traced the deer into the woods
  6. an indication that something has been present

    Synonyms : shadow, tincture, vestige
    Type Of : indicant, indication
    Examples :
    • there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
  7. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

    Synonyms : follow
    Type Of : study, analyse, analyze, canvass, examine
    Examples :
    • trace the student's progress
    • trace one's ancestry
  8. read with difficulty

    Synonyms : decipher
    Type Of : read
    Examples :
    • The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs
  9. a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image

    Synonyms : tracing
    Type Of : drawing
  10. a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

    Type Of : print, mark
  11. copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of

    Type Of : re-create, copy
    Examples :
    • trace a design
    • trace a pattern
  12. discover traces of

    Type Of : notice, discover, detect, observe, find
    Examples :
    • She traced the circumstances of her birth
  13. either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

    Type Of : line
  14. make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along

    Type Of : continue, go forward, proceed
    Examples :
    • The children traced along the edge of the dark forest
    • The women traced the pasture


  1. a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

    Type Of : attribute


  1. cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill

    Synonyms : browning
    Type Of : cookery, cooking, preparation
    Examples :
    • proper toasting should brown both sides of a piece of bread


  1. The plural of he, she, or it. They is never used adjectively, but always as a pronoun proper, and sometimes refers to persons without an antecedent expressed.


  1. relating to or associated with heat

    Synonyms : caloric, thermal
    Examples :
    • thermic energy


  1. small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts

    Synonyms : cruller
    Type Of : friedcake
  2. a localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground

    Synonyms : tornado
    Type Of : cyclone