1. adjective

a thin white line

narrow, fine, attenuated
thick, broad

a thin cotton nightdress

lightweight, light, fine, delicate, floaty, flimsy, diaphanous, gossamer, insubstantial; sheer, gauzy, filmy, transparent, see-through; paper-thin
thick, heavy

a tall, thin woman

slim, lean, slender, rangy, willowy, svelte, sylphlike, spare, slight; skinny, underweight, scrawny, waiflike, scraggy, bony, angular, rawboned, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, skin-and-bones, emaciated, skeletal, wasted, pinched, undernourished, underfed; lanky, spindly, gangly, gangling, weedy; informal anorexic, like a bag of bones
plump, overweight, fat

his thin gray hair

sparse, scanty, wispy, thinning
thick, abundant

a bowl of thin soup

watery, weak, dilute, diluted; runny
thick, hearty

her thin voice

weak, faint, feeble, small, soft; reedy
strong, loud

the plot is very thin

insubstantial, flimsy, slight, feeble, lame, poor, weak, tenuous, inadequate, insufficient, unconvincing, unbelievable, implausible
meaty, convincing
2. verb

some paint must be thinned down before use

dilute, water down, weaken

the crowds were beginning to thin out

disperse, dissipate, scatter; become less dense, become less in number, decrease, diminish, dwindle
thin, gaunt, lean, skinny, slender, spare, svelte
You can't be too rich or too thin, but you can be too skinny. Thin describes someone whose weight is naturally low in proportion to his or her height, although it may also imply that the person is underweight (she looked pale and thin after her operation). Skinny is a more blunt and derogatory term for someone who is too thin, and it often implies underdevelopment (a skinny little boy; a tall, skinny fashion model). Most people would rather be called slender, which combines thinness with gracefulness and good proportions (the slender legs of a Queen Anne table), or better yet, svelte, a complimentary term that implies a slim, elegant figure (after six months of dieting, she looked so svelte I hardly recognized her). Lean and spare are used to describe people who are naturally thin, although spare suggests a more muscular leanness (a tall, spare man who looked like Abraham Lincoln). Gaunt, on the other hand, means so thin that the angularity of the bones can be seen beneath the skin (looking gaunt after her latest bout with cancer).

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