Definition of thigh in English:



  • 1The part of the human leg between the hip and the knee.

    • ‘Extend your legs, then bend your knees and pull your upper thighs in toward your chest.’
    • ‘Later she also told her mother, who saw the teenager had bruising to her arms, chest and thighs.’
    • ‘Electrodes are placed on the stomach, bottom and thighs and two electrical currents are switched on.’
    • ‘The hamstring muscles at the back of the thigh are often very tight, forcing the knees to move in ways they were not designed to do.’
    • ‘I get dressed and, ignoring the pain in my calves and thighs, I cycle into town.’
    • ‘Most immunisations are given by injection, usually into the muscle or fat of the outer thigh or upper arm.’
    • ‘I was sitting next to Marie, and I couldn't help noticing that my thighs are least twice the size of hers.’
    • ‘One of my first patients was a man with swollen gums and tender thighs, the latter showing a diffuse dusky discoloration.’
    • ‘Three weeks earlier she had injured her left thigh at an airport just before boarding a transatlantic flight.’
    • ‘Turns out the kid has a contact dermatitis from where his thighs are rubbing together.’
    • ‘It's exercise, sure, but it is as demanding on the eyes and the brain as it is on the back, thighs and calves.’
    • ‘This device is called the insulin jet system and can be used on the stomach, buttocks and thighs.’
    • ‘The pain or ache is commonly situated in the front of the thighs, in the calves, and behind the knees.’
    • ‘Concentrate on squeezing your pelvic floor muscles only, not your stomach and thighs.’
    • ‘The tennis player, ranked 67th in the world, is recovering from a torn abductor muscle in her thigh.’
    • ‘Ultrasound can also used to assess arteries of the neck and thighs.’
    • ‘Three days later he complained of a sharp pain in the left thigh and a purpuric rash localised to the left leg and foot.’
    • ‘You can also use these scissors to trim the straggling hairs at the tops of your thighs.’
    • ‘A cuff is inflated around the thigh to obstruct venous outflow but not arterial inflow.’
    • ‘A magnetic resonance scan of his thigh showed a lesion within the sciatic nerve.’
    knee, knees, thighs
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    1. 1.1The body part in other animals that corresponds to the human thigh.
      • ‘One young bird, handled after wandering, readily disgorged a leg and thigh of a former brother or sister.’


Old English thēh, thēoh, thīoh, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dij.