Bedeutung von “thing” — Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /θɪŋ/
Extra Examples
What's that thing over there?Some of these things are more expensive than others.I've got a couple more things I need to buy.They sell souvenirs, postcards, that sort of thing.A car isn't the sort of thing you renew every year.

A1 used to refer to an object without saying its name:

How do I switch this thing off?
I need to get a few things in town.

B2 used to refer to a person or animal when you are expressing your feelings towards them:

You look tired, you poor thing.
He's spending three months in Barbados, lucky thing!
IDEA [ C ]

A2 used to refer to an idea, event, or activity:

I can't believe Nick would say such a thing!
Meeting Nina was the best thing that's ever happened to me.
for one thing

used to give a reason for something:

You can't give Amy that shirt - for one thing it's too small for her.
the thing is informal

B2 used to introduce a problem that relates to something that you have just said:

I'd love to go out tonight, but the thing is, I've got to finish my report.
a thing

B1 used instead of 'anything' in order to emphasize what you are saying:

I haven't got a thing to wear!
have a thing about sth/sb informal

to like or dislike something or someone very much:

He's got a thing about blonde women.
it's a good thing informal

B2 If it is a good thing that something happened, it is lucky that it happened:

[ + (that) ] It's a good thing that Jo was there to help you.
first/last thing informal

at the beginning/end of the day:

I'll phone him first thing and tell him I can't come.
She likes a glass of milk last thing at night.
be sb's thing informal

If an activity or subject is someone's thing, they are very interested in it and like doing it:

Jogging's just not my thing - I prefer team sports.

(Definition von “thing” aus dem Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)