Etymology
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thing (n.)

Old English þing "meeting, assembly, council, discussion," later "entity, being, matter" (subject of deliberation in an assembly), also "act, deed, event, material object, body, being, creature," from Proto-Germanic *thinga- "assembly" (source also of Old Frisian thing "assembly, council, suit, matter, thing," Middle Dutch dinc "court-day, suit, plea, concern, affair, thing," Dutch ding "thing," Old High German ding "public assembly for judgment and business, lawsuit," German Ding "affair, matter, thing," Old Norse þing "public assembly"). The Germanic word is perhaps literally "appointed time," from a PIE *tenk- (1), from root *ten- "stretch," perhaps on notion of "stretch of time for a meeting or assembly."

The sense "meeting, assembly" did not survive Old English. For sense evolution, compare French chose, Spanish cosa "thing," from Latin causa "judicial process, lawsuit, case;" Latin res "affair, thing," also "case at law, cause." Old sense is preserved in second element of hustings and in Icelandic Althing, the nation's general assembly.

Of persons, often pityingly, from late 13c. Used colloquially since c. 1600 to indicate things the speaker can't name at the moment, often with various meaningless suffixes (see thingamajig).

Things "personal possessions" is from c. 1300. The thing "what's stylish or fashionable" is recorded from 1762. Phrase do your thing "follow your particular predilection," though associated with hippie-speak of 1960s is attested from 1841.

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Definitions of thing

thing (n.)
a special situation;
this thing has got to end
it is a remarkable thing
thing (n.)
an action;
how could you do such a thing?
thing (n.)
a special abstraction;
a thing of the spirit
things of the heart
thing (n.)
an artifact;
how does this thing work?
thing (n.)
an event;
a funny thing happened on the way to the...
thing (n.)
a vaguely specified concern;
things are going well
Synonyms: matter / affair
thing (n.)
a statement regarded as an object;
to say the same thing in other terms
how can you say such a thing?
thing (n.)
an entity that is not named specifically;
I couldn't tell what the thing was
thing (n.)
any attribute or quality considered as having its own existence;
the thing I like about her is ...
thing (n.)
a special objective;
the thing is to stay in bounds
thing (n.)
a persistent illogical feeling of desire or aversion;
he has a thing about seafood
she has a thing about him
thing (n.)
a separate and self-contained entity;
From wordnet.princeton.edu