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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thumb, pollexnoun

    the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb

  2. thumbnoun

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

  3. ovolo, thumb, quarter roundverb

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

  4. hitchhike, hitch, thumbverb

    travel by getting free rides from motorists

  5. flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riffverb

    look through a book or other written material

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

  6. finger, thumbverb

    feel or handle with the fingers

    "finger the binding of the book"


  1. thumbnoun

    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. thumbnoun

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

  3. thumbnoun

    A thumbnail picture.

  4. thumbverb

    To touch with the thumb.

  5. thumbverb

    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. thumbverb

    To hitchhike

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

  7. Etymology: 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').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. THUMBnoun

    The short strong finger answering to the other four.

    Etymology: ðuma , Saxon.

    Here I have a pilot’s thumb,
    Wreck’d as homeward he did come. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    When he is dead you will wear him in thumb rings, as the Turks did Scanderbeg. Dryden.

    Every man in Turkey is of some trade: Sultan Achmet was a maker of ivory rings, which the Turks wear upon their thumbs when they shoot their arrows. William Broome.

    It is divided into four fingers bending forwards, and one opposite bending backwards called the thumb, to join with them severally or united, whereby it is fitted to lay hold of objects. John Ray, on the Creation.

  2. To Thumbverb

    To handle aukwardly.


  1. Thumb

    The thumb is the first digit (finger) of the hand. When a person is standing in the medical anatomical position (where the palm is facing to the front), the thumb is the outermost digit. The Medical Latin English noun for thumb is pollex (compare hallux for big toe), and the corresponding adjective for thumb is pollical.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thumbnoun

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

  2. Thumbverb

    to handle awkwardly

  3. Thumbverb

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

  4. Thumbverb

    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. Thumbverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thumb

    thum, n. the short, thick digit, consisting of two phalanges, on the radial side of the human hand: the corresponding member in other animals.—v.t. to handle awkwardly: to play or soil with the thumb or fingers.—v.i. to finger.—adj. Thumbed, having thumbs: marked by the thumb, worn.—ns. Thumb′kin, Thumb′screw, an old instrument of torture for compressing the thumb by means of a screw.—adj. Thumb′less.—ns. Thumb′-mark, a mark left by the impression of the thumb on the pages of a book, &c.; Thumb′piece, a piece serving as a support for the thumb: a knob or projection by means of which a spring is worked by pressure of the thumb; Thumb′pot, a very small pot used by florists for starting slips or seedlings; Thumb′-ring (Shak.), a ring worn on the thumb: a ring for the thumb fastened to the guard of a dagger or sword; Thumb′-stall, a covering or sheath for the thumb.—By rule of thumb, in a rough-and-ready practical manner, found by experience to be convenient; Under one's thumb, under one's influence. [With intrusive b from A.S. þuma; cog. with Ger. daumen.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. thumb

    A facet of the human hand.

    We all have a thumb on each hand.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of THUMB in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of THUMB in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of THUMB in a Sentence

  1. Sean McQuay:

    A good rule of thumb is to wait six months to a year between card applications.

  2. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    However, if Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen want to support a broken immigration system that harms the interest of Americans and Boarder Security and Crime, that rewards those who thumb their noses at our laws... then don't vote to fix the problem. It's a simple choice.

  3. Brad Bennett:

    No court likes having a thumb stuck in its eye when it's exercising its power.

  4. Hunter Biden:

    Hunter Biden have him under Hunter Biden thumb right now. Hunter Biden know he knows that if he comes out against Especially Trump, he's got a real tough road for reelection, number one, i am disappointed, and quite frankly I'm angered, by the fact -- Especially Trump knows me ; Especially Trump knows my son ; Especially Trump knows there's nothing to this.

  5. Kaylee Muthart:

    So I pushed my thumb, pointer, and middle finger into each eye. I gripped each eyeball, twisted, and pulled until each eye popped out of the socket — it felt like a massive struggle, the hardest thing I ever had to do, because I could no longer see, I don't know if there was blood. But I know the drugs numbed the pain. I'm pretty sure I would have tried to claw right into my brain if a pastor hadn't heard me screaming, ‘I want to see the light!’ — which I don't recall saying — and restrained me.

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