Blood is thicker than water
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Blood is thicker than water'?
So it is, but this proverb hasn't to do with measures of viscosity. The expression, meaning that family bonds are closer than those of outsiders.
What's the origin of the phrase 'Blood is thicker than water'?
Of course, blood really is thicker than water.
This is first cited in Sir Walters Scott's work Guy Mannering; or the astrologer, 1815:
"Weel, blude's thicker than water; she's welcome to the cheeses and the hams just the same."
Given Scott's facility for coining new phrases it may well be that this was his own work too.
See also - phrases coined by Sir Walter Scott.
See also: the List of Proverbs.