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Thing appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • But a harder thing still to do.
    (from a college drama class)
  • What to do to die today at a minute or two to two. A terribly difficult thing to say and a harder thing to do. A dragon will come and beat his drum Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-too at a minute or two to two today. At a minute or two to two.

Usage statistics for the noun thing:

spoken English78.68%written English21.32% conversational speech46.44%task-oriented speech53.56% imaginative writing72.94%informational writing27.06%
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Thing is sometimes a misspelling of things or think.

The word thing is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun thing

What does thing mean as a name of something?

Thing is the 7th most common noun. It is used mostly in speech, being the most common noun in spoken English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: things

  1. a special situation
    • examples: this thing has got to end | it is a remarkable thing
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: situation / state of affairs = the general state of things
  2. an action
    • example: how could you do such a thing?
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: action = something done
  3. a special abstraction
    • examples: a thing of the spirit | things of the heart
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: abstract / abstraction = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  4. an artifact
    • example: how does this thing work?
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: artefact / artifact = a man-made object taken as a whole
    • more specific words:
      • flagship = the chief one of a related group
      • pill = something that resembles a tablet of medicine in shape or size
      • snorter = something that is extraordinary or remarkable or prominent
      • standby = something that can be relied on when needed
      • variation = an artifact that deviates from a norm or standard
      • wobbler = something that wobbles
  5. an event
  6. a vaguely specified concern
    • example: things are going well
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of thing: affair / matter
    • more generic word: concern = something that interests you because it is important or affects you
    • more specific word: least = something that is of no importance
  7. a statement regarded as an object
    • examples: to say the same thing in other terms | how can you say such a thing?
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: statement = a message that is stated or declared
  8. an entity that is not named specifically
    • example: I couldn't tell what the thing was
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: entity = that which is perceived or known or inferred to have its own distinct existence
    • more specific terms:
  9. any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence
    • example: the thing I like about her is ...
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: attribute = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  10. a special objective
  11. a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion
    • examples: he has a thing about seafood | she has a thing about him
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic word: feeling = the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  12. a separate and self-contained entity

Alternative definition of the noun thing


  1. [chiefly historical] A public assembly or judicial council in a Germanic country.


  1. Thing: Ben Grimm is a fictional character from the 2015 film The Fantastic Four.
  2. Thing T. Thing, often referred to as just Thing, was a fictional character in the cartoon The Addams Family. Thing was originally portrayed as a whole person, but was changed to a disembodied hand for the television series.
  3. Thing is a fictional character from the 1991 film The Addams Family.

There are other characters with in their name, like Thing.., Thing..., Ms. Thing, Wild Thing, Swamp Thing, The Sure Thing.


"Thing" a.k.a. "Thing!" is a book by Mick Inkpen.


"Thing" is a 2013 short, drama film written and directed by Anouk de Clercq.


  1. "Thing" is a musical single of Sidi Bou Said.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  2. "Thing" is a musical album of Trans Am.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  3. "Thing" is a composition.
  4. "Thing" is a composition.


  1. Thing: A thing was the governing assembly in Germanic societies and introduced into some Celtic societies, made up of the free people of the community and presided by lawspeakers, meeting in a place called a thingstead. Today, the term lives on in the official names of national legislatures and political and judicial institutions in the Nordic countries, in the Manx form tyn, as a term for the three legislative bodies on the Isle of Man, and in the English term husting.
  2. Thing is a placeholder type to hold properties that are created in the early preprocessing stages of BaseKB. Specifically, there are two properties that, from our viewpoint, Freebase expresses in the wrong direction. Defining these properties in Freebase means that we can refer to them in the same namespace as other Freebase properties.

Phrases with Thing

Phrase starting with the word Thing:

  1. thing-in-itself

Phrases ending with the word Thing:

  1. Bad Thing
  2. The Thing
  3. Done Thing
  4. good thing
  5. near thing
  6. real thing
  7. sure thing
  8. First Thing
  9. Dangly Thing
  10. living thing
  11. Vision Thing
  12. animate thing
  13. Any Old Thing
  14. For One Thing
  15. Do One's Thing
  16. For Another Thing

Other phrases containing the word Thing:

  1. The Thing Is
  2. A Thing or Two
  3. The Thing of It

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Thing

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Google previewHegel’s Epistemological Realism (2012)

A Study of the Aim and Method of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit by Kenneth R Westphal

posited thing is a perceptible object and its in itself, posited as its inverse, is nevertheless something sensibly present,

Google previewTaxonomic Dictionary of Relations

by Andries van Renssen

has with a maximum ratio as part composition relation between a composed individual thing and a component in a specified minimum ratio (6089) is a kind of composition relation between an ...

Google previewThe Little Giant Encyclopedia of Inspirational Quotes (2005)

by Wendy Toliver

The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing; it is the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Proverbs (2008)

by Jennifer Speake

' employers and employees; work KEEP a thing seven years and you'll always find a use for it 1623W. PAINTERPalace of Pleasure C5 Things of small value the old proverb say, Wise ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas (2001)

by Nancy Capace

Any person who shall, directly or indirectly, offer, give, or promise, any money or thing of value, testimonial, privilege or personal advantage, to any executive or judicial officer or member of the Legislature to influence him In the performance of ...

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Usage statistics about thing

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun thing:

spoken English78.68%written English21.32% conversational speech46.44%task-oriented speech53.56% imaginative writing72.94%informational writing27.06%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun thing:


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Video language resources about Thing

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Quotes about Thing

This guy kept telling us that rock was the big thing, everyone's talking about the big thing, our band was the big thing. So he made us change our name to The Big Thing. Can you believe that?! (Terry Kath)
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Scrabble value of T1H4I1N1G2

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of THING

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