- the row of warp thread ends left on a loom when the web is cut off
- any of these ends
- any short end thread or fringe
- Naut. short pieces of woolen or hempen yarn for thrumming canvas
Origin of thrumMiddle English ; from Old English (in compound ), ligament, akin to German trumm ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ter-, to pass over, cross from source trans-, term
- to provide with or make of thrums; fringe
- Naut. to insert thrums in (canvas) to make a rough surface that helps to prevent chafing, stop leaks, etc.
- to strum (a guitar, banjo, etc.)
- to tell in a monotonous, tiresome way
- to drum on with the fingers
Origin of thrumechoic
- to thrum a guitar, etc.
- to sound when so played
- to drum with the fingers
- a. The fringe of warp threads left on a loom after the cloth has been cut off.b. One of these threads.
- A loose end, fringe, or tuft of thread or wool.
transitive verbthrummed, thrum·ming, thrums
- To cover or trim with thrums; fringe.
- To knit thrums into (mittens, hats, or socks).
Origin of thrumMiddle English, from Old English -thrum, ligament (in tungethrum, ligament of the tongue).
verbthrummed, thrum·ming, thrums
- Music To play (a stringed instrument) idly or monotonously: thrummed a guitar.
- To speak, repeat, or recite in a monotonous tone of voice; drone.
- Music To strum idly on a stringed instrument.
- To speak in a monotonous tone of voice; drone.
Origin of thrumImitative.
(third-person singular simple present thrums, present participle thrumming, simple past and past participle thrummed)
- To cause a steady rhythmic vibration, usually by plucking.
- She watched as he thrummed the guitar strings absently.
- To make a monotonous drumming noise.
- to thrum on a table
- To furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe.
- (nautical) To insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in.
- to thrum a piece of canvas, or a mat, thus making a rough or tufted surface
From Icelandic or Old Norse Ã¾rÃ¶mr (“edge, brim") (whence also Danish tromme); compare German Trumm. Cognate to Albanian thrumbe (“kind of shrub").