thing (n.)
[contemptuous] being, creature, base thing
AW IV.iii.323 [Parolles alone] the thing I am / Shall make me live
Cym I.i.16 [First Gentleman to Second Gentleman, of Cloten] He that hath missed the princess is a thing / Too bad for bad report
TNK II.ii.51 [Second Countryman to the others] our thing of learning says so [i.e. the schoolmaster]