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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thrumverb

    a thrumming sound

    "he could hear the thrum of a banjo"

  2. hum, thrumverb

    sound with a monotonous hum

  3. strum, thrumverb

    sound the strings of (a string instrument)

    "strum a guitar"

  4. drum, beat, thrumverb

    make a rhythmic sound

    "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"


  1. thrumnoun

    A thrumming sound

    Etymology: Akin to Old Norse þrömr, edge, brim (Danish tromme), German Trumm.

  2. thrumnoun

    The fringe of threads of warp left after cloth has been cut off of a loom

    Etymology: Akin to Old Norse þrömr, edge, brim (Danish tromme), German Trumm.

  3. thrumnoun

    Any short piece of yarn or rope

    Etymology: Akin to Old Norse þrömr, edge, brim (Danish tromme), German Trumm.

  4. thrumverb

    To cause a steady rhythmic vibration, usually by plucking.

    She watched as he thrummed the guitar strings absently.

    Etymology: Akin to Old Norse þrömr, edge, brim (Danish tromme), German Trumm.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thrumnoun

    one of the ends of weaver's threads; hence, any soft, short threads or tufts resembling these

  2. Thrumnoun

    any coarse yarn; an unraveled strand of rope

  3. Thrumnoun

    a threadlike part of a flower; a stamen

  4. Thrumnoun

    a shove out of place; a small displacement or fault along a seam

  5. Thrumnoun

    a mat made of canvas and tufts of yarn

  6. Thrumverb

    to furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe

  7. Thrumverb

    to insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in; as, to thrum a piece of canvas, or a mat, thus making a rough or tufted surface

  8. Thrumverb

    to play rudely or monotonously on a stringed instrument with the fingers; to strum

  9. Thrumverb

    hence, to make a monotonous drumming noise; as, to thrum on a table

  10. Thrumverb

    to play, as a stringed instrument, in a rude or monotonous manner

  11. Thrumverb

    hence, to drum on; to strike in a monotonous manner; to thrum the table


  1. Thrum

    Thrum are an indie rock band from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Scotland, formed in 1992. They released four singles and an album before splitting up in 1995. Singer Monica Queen went on to a solo career. Since 2011, Thrum have reformed, releasing a new album, available on iTunes through PRA Records.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thrum

    thrum, n. the end of a weaver's thread, any loose thread or fringe: coarse yarn.—v.t. to furnish with thrums: to fringe: to insert short pieces of rope-yarn in a mat or piece of canvas:—pr.p. thrum′ming; pa.t. and pa.p. thrummed.—ns. Thrum′-cap, -hat (Shak.), a cap or hat made of thrums or of coarse, shaggy cloth.—adj. Thrum′my, made of, or like, thrums. [Ice. þrómr, the edge; Ger. trumm, a fragment.]

  2. Thrum

    thrum, v.i. to play rudely or monotonously on an instrument with the fingers.—n. a monotonous sound, as that made by unskilled fingers on a harp, &c.—n. Thrum′mer.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. thrum

    Any coarse woollen or hempen yarn. It is used for mops, &c., in the cabins; also for mats, which are worked on canvas with a large bolt-rope needle.--To thrum. A vessel, when leaky, is thrummed by working some heavy spare sail, as the sprit-sail, into a thrummed mat, greasing and tarring it well, passing it under the bottom, and heaving all parts tight. The pressure forces the tarred oakum into the openings, and thus, in part, arrests the ingress of water.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrum in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thrum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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