THICK (substance or quality)
This is a general sign for "thick." It uses a "loose C-hand"
(or even a "claw" hand).
Suppose you were telling a story about your grandma's SOUP
and you wanted to say it was thick this would be a good sign to use.
THICK (general version: the general quality or state of being thick /
especially certain liquid substances, soup, blood, paint, porridge, my
wife's makeup, etc.)
Note: The general version of "thick" (above) doesn't just apply to
certain types of food or
liquid. It is commonly used in situations where a more specific sign won't
work. For example I once saw a person use this version to mean "bold"
as in "boldface type."
Note: Yes, eventually I'll pay for that comment about my wife's makeup.
She'll find out. She always does.
THICK (Two-handed version)
The two-handed version means the same as the one-handed version. There
is no need to use both hands for this sign. But for what it is worth, I
recall asking a friend of mine how he would sign "porridge" and he signed
THICK SOUP using the two-handed version of THICK. My point here is
that if you see it done with two hands don't think that it is wrong. It is
just a variation.
THICK (Version: The thickness of something vertical)
THICK (Version: The thickness of something horizontal) (This is a depictive
sign. It is sometimes called CL:C or Classifier C).
Relatively thick, fairly thick, or somewhat thick. Note the facial
The facial expression for the above sign as based on showing a "relatively
thick stack of papers." That mouth morpheme you are seeing means "fairly,"
"relatively," "substantial but not overwhelming." You might also see
it on signs like 'so-so."
THICK-PIZZA: Deep Dish (THICK-CRUST)
In context you can use a CL:C to indicate that the crust on a pizza is a
First you indicate that you are talking about "pizza" then you indicate that
it is thick.
There are quite a few ways to sign PIZZA.
Do one of them and then sign THICK.
In my example (below) I'm spelling "pizza" using a lexicalized form that
overlaps the letters (note the second frame where the "P" and the "I" are
both visible at the same time) and uses the "double-Z" (based on a "V" hand
moving in a "Z" pattern).
Then I use "C" handshapes to show how thick I want my pizza. Okay,
sure, I'm hamming it up a bit here (because pizza gets me excited and I'm
showing you the size I want). In ASL you've got to get used to using
your face or your stories will be boring.
Note: The mouth morpheme for that "deep dish" pizza is "CHA" (as if I'm
Sample sentence: "Which do you prefer, thick or thin crust pizza?"
= "PIZZA THIN-[crust], THICK-[crust], WHICH FAVORITE-[prefer] YOU?"
Note: You could make that sentence even "more" ASL by changing "WHICH PREFER
YOU" to "YOU PREFER WHICH YOU?" (or even drop the last YOU)
First you show the blanket, then you indicate that it is thick.
There is more than one way to sign
BLANKET, but this is a fairly straight
Or you can use the general version of thick that jabs a claw hand into
Note: This handshape is NOT an "O." My fingers are actually spread out a bit
and my thumb isn't touching my fingers (you just can't see it from the
Or you can use a specific version that means "THICK-on-me" which could be
used to show a thick blanket on top of you, or a thick coat protecting you)
Much of the time the concept of "thick" is expressed with what is known as a
"classifier C." This is sometimes written as "CL:C".
The "C" handshape can be used to show the size and shape of certain objects.
The "C-hand" is particularly used to show round objects (like a pole), and thickness
as in a "thick" layer of snow.
First you establish that you are talking about a book, then you indicate
that it is "thick."
YOUR ASL BOOK CL:C-[thick]? (Is your ASL book thick?)
THICK BICEPS (bulging biceps)
Note: Oh yeah, definitely. That is how I get after a hard day of
teaching ASL. I'm still pumped from teaching ASL 1 this morning.
THICK (less common variation)
I'm not recommending this version to you. I'm simply pointing out that it
exists. A very close friend of mine (Deaf, Deaf-school, married to
Deaf, Deaf children, Deaf grandchildren -- you get the picture) does the
sign THICK using an upward then outward movement of a modified X-hand (the
thumb is sticking out) or it could also be a modified L-hand (the index
finger is crooked). The hand moves up toward the mouth and then forward as
it gets to about as high as your mouth. (It sort of reminds me of taking a
bite out of an apple.) Anyway, he used this sign when talking about
the fact that he takes aspirin because he has "thick" blood.
Also see: CLASSIFIERS
Also see: THIN