Synonyms of thing in English:


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1‘the room was full of strange things’


object, article, item, artefact, commodity

device, gadget, contrivance, instrument, utensil, tool, implement

entity, body

informal whatsit, what-d'you-call-it, what's-its-name, what's-it, whatchamacallit, thingummy, thingy, thingamabob, thingamajig, oojamaflip, oojah, gizmo

British informal doodah, doobry, gubbins

North American informal doodad, doohickey, doojigger, dingus

NZ Australian informal thingo

2one's things‘I'll come back tomorrow to collect my things’


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

informal gear, junk, togs, garms, traps

British informal clobber

South African informal trek

vulgar slang shit, crap

dated dunnage

3things‘her father's gardening things’


equipment, apparatus, gear, kit, tackle, stuff

implements, tools, utensils


4‘I've got several things to do this morning’



act, action, deed, undertaking, exploit, feat

task, job, chore, piece of business

5‘I've got other things on my mind just now’


thought, notion, idea, concept, conception

concern, matter, worry, preoccupation

6‘I keep remembering things he said’


remark, statement, comment, utterance, observation, declaration, pronouncement

7‘quite a few odd things had happened in the last few days’


incident, episode, event, happening, occurrence, eventuality, phenomenon

8things‘how are things with you?’


matters, affairs, circumstances, conditions, relations

state of affairs, situation, life

9‘one of the things I like about you is your optimism’


characteristic, quality, attribute, property, trait, feature, point, aspect, facet, element

10‘there's another thing you should know’


fact, piece of information, point, detail, particular, factor

11the thing‘the thing is, I'm not sure if it's what I want’


fact of the matter, fact, point, issue, problem

12‘you lucky thing!’


person, soul, creature, wretch

informal devil, beggar, bunny, bastard

British vulgar slang sod, bugger

13‘Dora developed a thing about noise’


phobia, fear, horror, terror

dislike, aversion, hatred, detestation, loathing

obsession, fixation

complex, neurosis

informal hang-up, bee in one's bonnet

14‘she had a thing about men who wore glasses’


penchant for, preference for, taste for, inclination for, partiality for, predilection for, soft spot for, weakness for, fancy for, fondness for, liking for, love for, passion for

fetish, obsession, fixation

15one's thing‘books aren't really my thing’


what one likes, what interests one

informal one's cup of tea, one's bag, what turns one on, what floats one's boat

16the thing‘cosmetic contact lenses are the thing on the catwalk’


fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, popular, all the rage

le dernier cri

informal trendy, cool, in, the in thing, big, with it, hip, happening, now