- thingthing1 [thiŋ]n.[ME < OE, council, court, controversy, akin to Ger ding, ON thing (orig. sense, “public assembly,” hence, “subject of discussion, matter, thing”) < IE * tenk-, to stretch, period of time < base * ten-, to stretch > THIN]1. any matter, circumstance, affair, or concern often used in pl. [how are things?]2. that which is done, has been done, or is to be done; happening, act, deed, incident, event, etc. [to accomplish great things]3. that which constitutes an end to be achieved, a step in a process, etc. [the next thing is to mix thoroughly]4. anything conceived of or referred to as existing as an individual, distinguishable entity; specif.,a) any single entity distinguished from all others [each thing in the universe]b) a tangible object, as distinguished from a concept, quality, etc. [paintings and other beautiful things]c) an inanimate objectd) an item, detail, etc. [go over each thing in the list]e) the object or concept referred to or represented by a word, symbol, or sign; referentf) an object of thought; idea [think the right things]5.a) [pl.] personal belongings; also, clothes or clothingb) a dress, garment, etc. [not a thing to wear]6. [pl.] articles, devices, etc. used for some purpose7. a person: used in expressions of affection, pity, contempt, etc. [poor thing]8. a being, object, or concept the exact term for which is not known or recalled or is avoided, as from disdain [where did you buy that thing?]9. Informal a point of contention; issue [don't make a thing of it ]☆ 10. Informal a complex, often neurotic liking, fear, aversion, etc. with regard to some person, thing, or activity [to have a thing about flying ]☆ 11. Informal what one wants to do or is adept at [do one's own thing]12. Law that which may be owned; a property: distinguished from PERSON——————see thingsInformal to have hallucinations——————the thing1. that which is wise, essential, etc.2. that which is the height of fashion or stylething2 [tiŋ; ] E [ thiŋ]n.[ON, assembly: see THING1]a Scandinavian legislative body
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.