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thatch

[thach] /θætʃ/
noun
1.
Also, thatching. a material, as straw, rushes, leaves, or the like, used to cover roofs, grain stacks, etc.
2.
a covering of such a material.
3.
the leaves of various palms that are used for thatching.
4.
something resembling thatch on a roof, especially thick hair covering the head:
a thatch of unruly red hair.
5.
Horticulture. a tightly bound layer of dead grass, including leaves, stems, and roots, that builds up on the soil surface at the base of the living grass of a lawn.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cover with or as if with thatch.
7.
Horticulture. to remove thatch from (a lawn); dethatch.
Origin
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English thacchen, variant (with a from thak > dial. thack) of thecchen, Old English theccan to cover, hide; cognate with Dutch dekken (see deck), German decken, Old Norse thekja; (noun) Middle English thacche, variant (with ch from the v.) of thak
Related forms
thatchless, adjective
thatchy, adjective
rethatch, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for re thatch

thatch

/θætʃ/
noun
1.
  1. Also called thatching. a roofing material that consists of straw, reed, etc
  2. a roof made of such a material
2.
anything resembling this, such as the hair of the head
3.
Also called thatch palm. any of various palms with leaves suitable for thatching
verb
4.
to cover (a roof) with thatch
Derived Forms
thatcher, noun
thatchless, adjective
thatchy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English theccan to cover; related to thæc roof, Old Saxon thekkian to thatch, Old High German decchen, Old Norse thekja
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Word Origin and History for re thatch

thatch

v.

Old English þeccan "to cover," related to þæc "roof, thatching material," from Proto-Germanic *thakan (cf. Old Saxon thekkian, Old Norse þekja, Old Frisian thekka, Middle Dutch decken, Old High German decchen, German decken "to cover"), from PIE *(s)tog-/*(s)teg- "cover" (see stegosaurus).

n.

Old English þæc "roof, thatch," from the source of thatch (v.). Cf. Old Norse þak, Old Frisian thek, Middle Dutch dak "roof," Old High German dah, German Dach "roof."

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Slang definitions & phrases for re thatch

thank you ma'am

noun phrase

A bump or hole in the road

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wham-bam thank you ma'am

[1849+; because riders bounce up and down as if they were bowing thanks]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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