the part of the lower limb in humans between the hip and the knee.
the corresponding part of the hind limb of other animals; the femoral region.
the true femoral region that is hidden by the skin or feathers of the body.
the segment below, containing the fibula and tibia.
Entomology. the femur.

before 900; Middle English thi, thigh(e), the(h), Old English thīoh, thēoh; cognate with Dutch dij, Old High German dioh, Old Norse thjō Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To thigh
World English Dictionary
thigh (θaɪ)
1.  the part of the leg between the hip and the knee in man
2.  the corresponding part in other vertebrates and insects
Related: crural, femoral
[Old English thēh; related to Old Frisian thiāch, Old High German dioh thigh, Old Norse thjō buttock, Old Slavonic tyku fat]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. þeoh, þeh, from P.Gmc. *theukhom (cf. O.Fris. thiach, O.Du. thio, Du. dij, O.N. þjo, O.H.G. dioh), from PIE *teuk- from base *teu- "to swell" (cf. Lith. taukas, O.C.S. tuku, Rus. tuku "fat of animals;" Lith. tukti "to become fat;" Gk. tylos "callus, lump," tymbos "burial mound,
grave, tomb;" O.Ir. ton "rump;" L. tumere "to swell," tumulus "raised heap of earth," tumor "a swelling;" M.Ir. tomm "a small hill," Welsh tom "mound"). Thus thigh is lit. "the thick or fat part of the leg."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

thigh (thī)
The part of the leg between the hip and the knee. Also called femur.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences for thigh
He folded the bag and tucked it into a pocket on his right thigh.
Very hard on the thigh and thus was never learned by anybody else.
The biceps femoris, one of the hamstring muscles of the underside of each thigh.
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature