Definition of thanks exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//θæŋks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//θæŋks//
    see also thank you
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  1. 1  used to show that you are grateful to somebody for something they have done thanks (for doing something) Thanks for lending me the money. thanks (for something) Many thanks for your support. ‘How are you?’ ‘Fine, thanks (= thanks for asking).’
  2. 2  a polite way of accepting something that somebody has offered you ‘Would you like a coffee?’ ‘Oh, thanks.’ ‘Here's the change.’ ‘Thanks very much.’ ‘Do you want to come with us?’ ‘I’d love to, thanks.’
  3. 3  no thanks a polite way of refusing something that somebody has offered you ‘Would you like some more?’ ‘No thanks.’
  4. Word OriginOld English thancas, plural of thanc ‘(kindly) thought, gratitude’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch dank and German Dank, also to think.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: thanks