NounThing (plural Things)
- That which is considered to exist as a separate entity, object, quality or concept.
- A word, symbol, sign or other referent that can be used to refer to any entity.
- An individual object or distinct entity.
- (law) whatever can be owned.
- the latest fad or fashion.
- (in the plural) clothes, possessions or equipment.
- (informal) A unit or container, usually containing edible goods.
- Get me a thing of apple juice at the store.
- I just ate a whole thing of jelly beans.
- In Scandinavian countries, a legislative or judicial assembly.
- (in certain fixed expressions) A problem, dilemma, or complicating factor.
- The car looks cheap, but the thing is, I have doubts about its safety.
- (slang) A penis.
- A living being or creature.
- you poor thing
- That which matters; the crux.
- That's the thing: we don't know where he went.
- The thing is, I don't have any money.
- Used after a noun to refer dismissively to the situation surrounding the noun's referent.
- Oh yeah, I'm supposed to promote that vision thing.
- 1611 — King James Version of the Bible, Luke 1:1
- Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us...
- 1914, O'Neill, Eugene Gladstone, The Movie Man [playscript].
- Don’t forget to have Gomez postpone that shooting thing. (in reference to the execution of Fernandez).
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Originally meaning an assembly, that handled political and court issues. Later an issue at that assembly was called a “thing”, leading to today's meaning “an object”. Compare Latin res, also meaning legal matter.
- The translations below need to be checked.
- Thing in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Thing in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Dutch: ding