Shin vs Thigh - What's the difference?

shin | thigh |

As a noun thigh is

the upper leg of a human, between the hip and the knee.

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Etymology 1

From (etyl) shine, from (etyl) scinu, from (etyl) . Cognate with West Frisian skine, Dutch scheen, German Schiene.


(en noun)
  • The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone.
  • A fishplate for a railway.
  • (Knight)
    * tibia


  • To climb a mast, tree, rope, or the like, by embracing it alternately with the arms and legs, without help of steps, spurs, or the like.
  • to shin up a mast
  • To strike with the shin.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 5 , author=Mark Ashenden , title=Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Chelsea , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The warning signs had been there as Peter Cech had already had to palm away a stinging shot from Ronald Zubar but immediately afterwards the Blues goalkeeper could only watch in horror as defender Boswinga shinned the ball into his own net from Hunt's corner. }}
  • (US, slang) To run about borrowing money hastily and temporarily, as when trying to make a payment.
  • (Bartlett)
    * shinny (US)
    Derived terms
    * shinny * shin bone * shin leaf * shin splints

    Etymology 2

    Ultimately from (etyl) . Compare Shamash.

    Alternative forms

    * sheen *


    (en noun)
  • The twenty-first letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
  • Anagrams

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    (wikipedia thigh)


    (en noun)
  • The upper leg of a human, between the hip and the knee.
  • * c. 1595 , (William Shakespeare), Romeo and Juliet :
  • I coniure thee by Rosalines bright eyes, By her High forehead, and her Scarlet lip, By her Fine foote, Straight leg, and Quiuering thigh , And the Demeanes, that there Adiacent lie, That in thy likenesse thou appeare to vs.
  • * 1800 , (Jane Austen), letter, 8 Nov 1800:
  • About ten days ago, in cocking a pistol in the guard-room at Marcau, he accidentally shot himself through the Thigh .
  • * 1991 , (Kathy Lette), The Llama Parlour :
  • ‘Why not pay up now, kiddo?’ he suggested magnanimously, patting me on the thigh .
  • * 2011 , The Guardian , 31 Mar 2011:
  • The 23-year-old was substituted in the 75th minute of France's goalless friendly draw with Croatia on Tuesday after suffering an injury to his thigh .
  • That part of the leg of vertebrates (or sometimes other animals) which corresponds to the human thigh in position or function; the tibia of a horse, the tarsus of a bird; the third leg-section of an insect.
  • * 2009 , Fred Thompson, Grillin' with Gas :
  • Add the chicken thighs , close the bag, and squish the marinade to coat the chicken.
  • * 2011 , Ian Sample, The Guardian , 23 Feb 2011:
  • The newly discovered dinosaur Brontomerus mcintoshi may have used its huge muscular thighs to kick predators and rivals.

    Derived terms

    * thighbone * thigh-high * thigh pad * thigh-slapper * thunder thighs * thunder-thighed * thighing


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