Definition of thigh in English:



  • 1The part of the human leg between the hip and the knee.

    • ‘A cuff is inflated around the thigh to obstruct venous outflow but not arterial inflow.’
    • ‘A magnetic resonance scan of his thigh showed a lesion within the sciatic nerve.’
    • ‘The tennis player, ranked 67th in the world, is recovering from a torn abductor muscle in her thigh.’
    • ‘The pain or ache is commonly situated in the front of the thighs, in the calves, and behind the knees.’
    • ‘Most immunisations are given by injection, usually into the muscle or fat of the outer thigh or upper arm.’
    • ‘Ultrasound can also used to assess arteries of the neck and thighs.’
    • ‘One of my first patients was a man with swollen gums and tender thighs, the latter showing a diffuse dusky discoloration.’
    • ‘Three weeks earlier she had injured her left thigh at an airport just before boarding a transatlantic flight.’
    • ‘This device is called the insulin jet system and can be used on the stomach, buttocks and thighs.’
    • ‘Extend your legs, then bend your knees and pull your upper thighs in toward your chest.’
    • ‘The hamstring muscles at the back of the thigh are often very tight, forcing the knees to move in ways they were not designed to do.’
    • ‘Later she also told her mother, who saw the teenager had bruising to her arms, chest and thighs.’
    • ‘Three days later he complained of a sharp pain in the left thigh and a purpuric rash localised to the left leg and foot.’
    • ‘Concentrate on squeezing your pelvic floor muscles only, not your stomach and thighs.’
    • ‘You can also use these scissors to trim the straggling hairs at the tops of your thighs.’
    • ‘I was sitting next to Marie, and I couldn't help noticing that my thighs are least twice the size of hers.’
    • ‘I get dressed and, ignoring the pain in my calves and thighs, I cycle into town.’
    • ‘Electrodes are placed on the stomach, bottom and thighs and two electrical currents are switched on.’
    • ‘It's exercise, sure, but it is as demanding on the eyes and the brain as it is on the back, thighs and calves.’
    • ‘Turns out the kid has a contact dermatitis from where his thighs are rubbing together.’
    knee, knees, thighs
    1. 1.1The body part in other animals that corresponds to the human thigh.
      ‘One young bird, handled after wandering, readily disgorged a leg and thigh of a former brother or sister.’


Old English thēh, thēoh, thīoh, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dij.