Definition of thinly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈθɪnli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθɪnli//
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  1. 1in a way that produces a thin piece or layer of something Slice the potatoes thinly. The ointment should be spread thinly on the bruised areas.
  2. 2with only a few things or people spread over a place so that there is a lot of space between them a thinly populated area
  3. 3in a way that is not sincere or enthusiastic She smiled thinly.
  4. 4in a way that does not hide the truth very well synonym barely The novel is a thinly disguised autobiography. thinly veiled contempt
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: thinly