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Entry for Strong's #2345 - θιγγάνω

Word Origin
a prolonged form of an obsolete primary thigo (to finger)
Parts of Speech
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. to touch, handle
    1. to do violence to, injury
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 5060 ‑ נָגַע (naw‑gah');  
Frequency Lists  [ Book | Word | Parsing ]
Verse Results
KJV (3) NAS (3) HCS (3)
Colossians 1
Hebrews 2
Colossians 1
Hebrews 2
Colossians 1
Hebrews 2
V-2AAS-2S 1
V-2AAS-3S 2
V-2AAS-2S 1
V-2AAS-3S 2
V-2AAS-2S 1
V-2AAS-3S 2
V-AAS-2S 1
V-2AAS-2S 1
V-2AAS-3S 2

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions


fut. προς-θίξῃ prob. for -εις E. Heracl. 652: 2 fut. τεθίξομαι Id. Hipp. 1086: aor.2 ἔθῐγον Archil. 71, E. Ba. 304, etc.; Lacon. inf. σιγῆν Ar. Lys. 1004: Pass., aor. θιχθῆναι S.E. M. 9.258:


1. touch, handle: abs., μὴ θίγγανε IG 12(3).451 (Thera), etc.: usu. c. gen., οἴακος A. Ag. 663, etc.; χερσὶ or χερὶ θ. τινός, Id. Th. 44, E. Ba. 1318; δι' ὁσίων χειρῶν S. OC 470: c. acc., χεῖρα (s. v.l.) Νεοβούλης θιγεῖν Archil. l.c.; χερσὶ γλαυκᾶς ἐλαίας θιγοῦ[σ' ὄζον ] Limen. 6 (dub. l.): Pass., to be touched, Arist. HA 495a6.

2. take hold of, τινος S. Aj. 1410 (anap.), etc.; θ. ὠλέναισιν τέκνου embrace, E. Ph. 300 (lyr.); θ. γυναικός have intercourse with.., Id. Hipp. 1044; θ. εὐνῆς ib. 885, cf. S. OC 329: abs., E. El. 51; γλίχεται θιγεῖν καὶ συνεῖναι, of man's aspiration after God, Phld. D. 3.1.

3. touch, attempt, παντὸς.. λόγου κακοῦ γλώσσῃ θ. S. Ph. 408; μή μοι λεπτῶν θίγγανε μύθων E. Fr. 924; θ. πονηρίας Isyll. 5; in hostile sense, attack, θηρός E. Ba. 1183 (lyr.); σώματος τοῦ σοῦ Id. IA 1351 (troch.).


1. metaph., of the feelings, touch, θιγγάνει σέθεν τόδε; Id. Hipp. 310; ψυχᾶς, φρενῶν, Id. Alc. 108; πολλὰ θ. πρὸς ἧπαρ reach to the heart, A. Ag. 432 (lyr.).

2. touch upon, in speaking or discussion, Arist. Metaph. 988a23,al., Pol. 1323b38; also of the mind, apprehend, νοῦς.. θιγγάνων καὶ νοῶν Id. Metaph. 1072b21, al.

3. reach, win, ἀγώνων Pi. I. 1.18, etc. also c. dat., θ. ἡσυχίᾳ, ἀρεταῖς, ψεύδει, Id. P. 4.296, 8.24, 9.42; reach, hit, διαβολὴ θ. τινός Plu. Alex. 10. Not found in pure Att. Prose (ἅπτομαι being used), but used by X. Cyr. 1.3.5,al.: aor. 1 inf. θίξαι v.l. for ψαῦσαι in Suid.s.v. θιγεῖν, θῖξαι v.l. for δεῖξαι in Arist. EN 1111a14.

Thayer's Expanded Definition

θιγγάνω (probably akin to τεῖχος, fingo, fiction, etc.; Curtius, § 145): 2 aorist ἔθιγον; to touch, handle: μηδέ θίγῃς touch not namely, impure things, Colossians 2:21 (cf. ἅπτω, 2 c.); τίνος, Hebrews 12:20 ((Aeschylus), Xenophon, Plato, Tragg., others); like the Hebrew נָגַע , to do violence to, injure: τίνος, Hebrews 11:28 (Euripides, Iph. Aul. 1351; ὧν αἱ βλαβαι αὗται θιγγανουσι, Act. Thom. § 12). (Synonym: see ἅπτω, 2 c.)

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

θιγγάνω ,

[in LXX for H5060, Exodus 19:12*;]

1. to touch, handle: Colossians 2:21, Hebrews 12:20 (LXX).

2. to injure (like Heb. H5060, and as in Eur., Iph. Aul., 1351): c. gen., Hebrews 11:28.†

SYN.: see ἅπτω G681.

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this verb, which is classed as un-Attic by Rutherford NP, pp. 169 f., 391, cf. P Oxy IX. 1185.11 (c. A.D. 200) ὀψαρίου μὴ θινγάνειν, ";do not touch the sauce."; For the gen. constr., as in Hebrews 11:28; Hebrews 12:28, and LXX, cf. also Aristeas 106 ὅπως πηδενὸς θιγγάνωσιν ὧν οὐ δέον ἐστιν.


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