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  1. thing
  2. noun

    • 1. an object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to:

      look at that metal rail thing over there there are lots of things I'd like to buy she was wearing this pink thing
      Synonym : object, article, item, artifact, commodity, device, gadget, contrivance, instrument, utensil, tool, implement, entity, body, whatsit, what-d'you-call-it, what's-its-name, what's-it, whatchamacallit, thingummy, thingy, thingamabob, thingamajig, oojamaflip, oojah, gizmo, doodah, doobry, gubbins, doodad, doohickey, doojigger, dingus, thingo
    • 2. personal belongings or clothing:

      she began to unpack her things
      Synonym : belongings, possessions, stuff, property, worldly goods, goods, personal effects, effects, paraphernalia, impedimenta, bits and pieces, bits and bobs, luggage, baggage, bags, bags and baggage, chattels, movables, valuables, clothes, garments, goods and chattels, gear, junk, togs, garms, traps, clobber, trek, shit, crap, dunnage
    • 3. equipment, utensils, or other objects used for a particular purpose:

      they cleared away the lunch things
      Synonym : equipment, apparatus, gear, kit, tackle, stuff, implements, tools, utensils, accoutrements
    • 4. anything (used for emphasis):

      she couldn't find a thing to wear
    • 5. used to express one's disapproval of or contempt for something:

      you won't find me smoking those filthy things
    • 6. all that can be described in the specified way:

      his love for all things Italian
    • 7. used euphemistically to refer to a man's penis.

    • 8. an inanimate material object as distinct from a living sentient being:

      I'm not a thing, not a work of art to be cherished
    • 9. a living creature or plant:

      the sea is the primal source of all living things on earth
    • 10. used to express and give a reason for one's pity, affection, approval, or contempt for a person or animal:

      have a nice weekend in the country, you lucky thing! the lamb was a puny little thing
    • 11. an action, activity, event, thought, or utterance:

      she said the first thing that came into her head the only thing I could do well was cook
    • 12. circumstances, conditions, or matters that are unspecified:

      things haven't gone entirely according to plan how are things with you?
      Synonym : matters, affairs, circumstances, conditions, relations, state of affairs, situation, life
    • 13. an abstract entity, quality, or concept:

      mourning and depression are not the same thing they had one thing in common—they were men of action
    • 14. an example or type of something:

      the game is the latest thing in family fun
    • 15. a situation or activity of a specified type or quality:

      your being here is just a friendship thing, OK?
      Synonym : matters, affairs, circumstances, conditions, relations, state of affairs, situation, life
    • 16. a romantic or sexual relationship:

      Phil and Lisa had been having a thing
    • 17. an established or genuine phenomenon or practice (typically used in expressions registering surprise or incredulity):

      according to media reports, sleep texting is now a thing among serious smartphone addicts he looks like he's wearing boxers underneath his trunks (is that a thing?)
    • 18. what is needed or required:

      you need a tonic—and here's just the thing
    • 19. what is socially acceptable or fashionable:

      it wouldn't be quite the thing to go to a royal garden party in boots
      Synonym : fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, popular, all the rage, le dernier cri, trendy, cool, in, the in thing, big, with it, hip, happening, now
    • 20. one's special interest or concern:

      reading isn't my thing
      Synonym : what one likes, what interests one, one's cup of tea, one's bag, what turns one on, what floats one's boat
    • 21. used to introduce or emphasize an important point:

      the thing is, I am going to sell this house here's the thing: this is a story, not a piece of hard news that's the thing about style—no two people are completely alike
      Synonym : fact of the matter, fact, point, issue, problem
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: thing, plural noun: things

    • noun

      an object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to:

      personal belongings or clothing:

    • a certainty
    • early in the morning; before anything else
    • a certainty
    • noun

      a familiar form of address:
    • late in the evening, especially as a final act before going to bed
    • early in the morning; before anything else
    • nothing at all
    • socially acceptable
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