Verb A Confederate sailor thumbing his nose (gesture)
- To place a thumb upon the tip of the nose, typically with the fingers spread and while simultaneously wiggling one's fingers, in a gesture of disrespect.
- My brother thumbed his nose in reply to my snide remarks.
- (figuratively) To act disrespectfully, especially by flouting the object of disrespect.
- Richard Feynman delighted in thumbing his nose at bureaucracy.