Definitions for thumb
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word thumb.
the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb
ovolo, thumb, quarter roundverb
a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
hitchhike, hitch, thumbverb
travel by getting free rides from motorists
flick, flip, thumb, riffle, leaf, riffverb
look through a book or other written material
"He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"
feel or handle with the fingers
"finger the binding of the book"
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.
The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.
A thumbnail picture.
To touch with the thumb.
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.
So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.
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
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.
To handle aukwardly.
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.
A thumb is the short, thick first digit of the human hand, set lower and apart from the other four fingers and opposable to them for gripping and manipulating objects. It has two phalanges and is also present in various forms in most vertebrates and some invertebrates.
the short, thick first digit of the human hand, differing from the other fingers in having but two phalanges; the pollex. See Pollex
to handle awkwardly
to play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune
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
to play with the thumb or thumbs; to play clumsily; to thrum
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
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
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.
A facet of the human hand.
We all have a thumb on each hand.
Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'thumb' in Nouns Frequency: #2412
The numerical value of thumb in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of thumb in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents.
To become whole, i've always felt incomplete, always kind of the outsider. My adoptive parents have blonde hair blue eyes. I just kind of stood out like a sore thumb.
If you were to shake a Neanderthal hand you would notice this difference, there would be confusion over where to place the thumb, and for a thumb fight I think you would win in terms of speed and movement !
If we're going to ask people to risk their lives, then Congress ought to do our job and put our thumb print on this mission and say, it is in the national interest.
If you're going to go with dynamic scoring, Elmendorf is a great guy to implement that, it would be harder to accuse Republicans of putting their thumb on the scale.
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- baş barmaqAzerbaijani
- вялі́кі па́лецBelarusian
- མཐེ་བོངTibetan Standard
- meudoù, biz-meud, bizied-meud, meudBreton
- polzeCatalan, Valencian
- tommelfinger, tommeltotDanish
- durchblättern, DaumenGerman
- ބޮޑުވައި އިގިލިDivehi
- αντίχειρας, εγκοπή ευρετηρίασηςGreek
- dikfingro, poleksoEsperanto
- ابهام, شستPersian
- tummil, tummilfingurFaroese
- pouce, feuilleterFrench
- tommeWestern Frisian
- òrdagScottish Gaelic
- polgar, cachapiollos, matapiollosGalician
- բութ մատArmenian
- ibu jariIndonesian
- þumalfingur, þumallIcelandic
- dito grosso, polliceItalian
- бас бармақKazakh
- 엄지, 엄지손가락Korean
- баш бармакKyrgyz
- DaumLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ibu jariMalay
- saba’ l-kbirMaltese
- tommel, tommeskrueNorwegian
- poce, pulgarOccitan
- dedo polegar, polegarPortuguese
- deget mare, policarRomanian
- большо́й па́лец, мусо́лить, листа́ть, перели́стывать, проли́стыватьRussian
- bealgiNorthern Sami
- палац, palacSerbo-Croatian
- gisht i madh i dorës, pulqer, gisht i madh, pulicarAlbanian
- kidole gumbaSwahili
- นิ้วโป้ง, หัวแม่มือThai
- başam barmakTurkmen
- başparmak, karıştırmakTurkish
- вели́кий па́лецьUkrainian
- ngón tay cáiVietnamese
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