What does thumb mean?

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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"


  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').


  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. 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.

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.

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British National Corpus

  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. Drini Gjoka:

    I am literally so lucky. The bullet hit my thumb.

  2. Corey Scott:

    I suffocated him, i held my thumb over his trach tube until he asphyxiated.

  3. Brad Bennett:

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

  4. Sean McQuay:

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

  5. Mayor Ed Murray:

    These establishments are unlawful businesses that continue to thumb their noses at the law.

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