Definitions for Thumbθʌm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the short, thick, inner digit of the human hand, next to the forefinger.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. the corresponding digit in other animals; pollex.

    Category: Zoology

  3. the part of a glove or mitten for containing this digit.

  4. (v.t.)to soil or wear with the thumbs in handling, as the pages of a book.

  5. to glance through (pages) (usu. fol. by through):

    to thumb through a brochure.

  6. (of a hitchhiker) to solicit or get (a ride) by pointing the thumb in the desired direction of travel.

Idioms for thumb:

  1. be all thumbs,to be clumsy.

    Category: Idiom

  2. thumb one's nose, to raise the hand with fingers extended and touch the thumb to the nose as a gesture of scorn, defiance, etc. to manifest defiance or contempt (usu. fol. by at):

    to thumb one's nose at convention.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of thumb:

bef. 900; ME; OE thūma, c. OFris, OS thūma, OHG dūmo; akin to ON thumalfingr (cf. thimble )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. thumb, pollex(noun)

    the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb

  2. thumb(noun)

    the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb

  3. ovolo, thumb, quarter round(verb)

    a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse

  4. hitchhike, hitch, thumb(verb)

    travel by getting free rides from motorists

  5. flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riff(verb)

    look through a book or other written material

    "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"

  6. finger, thumb(verb)

    feel or handle with the fingers

    "finger the binding of the book"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. thumb(noun)θʌm

    the short, wide finger that helps you hold things

    a toddler sucking his thumb

  2. thumbθʌm

    an indication that sth is good/bad, especially by pointing your thumb up/down

    Critics gave the movie a thumbs down.; She gave the thumbs up to say everything was ready.


  1. thumb(Noun)

    The short thick digit of the hand that for humans has the most mobility and can be made to oppose (moved to touch) all of the other fingers.

  2. thumb(Noun)

    The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.

  3. thumb(Noun)

    A thumbnail picture.

  4. thumb(Verb)

    To touch with the thumb.

  5. thumb(Verb)

    To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily.

    I thumbed through the book and decided not to bother reading it all.

  6. thumb(Verb)

    To hitchhike

    So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.

  7. Origin: Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from þuma, from þūmô (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, German Daumen), from tūm- (cf. Albanian thumb,thimth, thembër, Romanian tumburush, Welsh tyfu, Latin tumere, Lithuanian tumėti, Ancient Greek 'burial mound', Avestan 'strong', Sanskrit 'strong, thick').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thumb(noun)

    the short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex

  2. Thumb(verb)

    to handle awkwardly

  3. Thumb(verb)

    to play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune

  4. Thumb(verb)

    to soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling; also, to cover with the thumb; as, to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon

  5. Thumb(verb)

    to play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum


  1. Thumb

    The thumb is the first digit of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position, the thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex, and the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. thumb

    The slider on a window-system scrollbar. So called because moving it allows you to browse through the contents of a text window in a way analogous to thumbing through a book.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Thumb' in Nouns Frequency: #2412

Translations for Thumb

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the short thick finger of the hand, set at a different angle from the other four.

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