Thumbed through the latest issue of the magazine.
When you turn the pages of a book using the short finger on your hand, this is an example of a time when you thumb through the book.
The short finger on your hand that is opposable to your other fingers is an example of a thumb.
To thumb the touch-hole of a cannon.
I thumbed through the book and decided not to bother reading it all.
So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.
- Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; clumsy.
- To express scorn or ridicule, often by placing the thumb on the nose and wiggling the fingers.
- Under the control of someone; subordinate to.
- Clumsy; fumbling.
- To raise one's thumb to the nose with the fingers extended, as a coarse gesture of defiance or contempt.
- To express defiance or contempt.
- A signal of rejection or disapproval.
- A signal of acceptance or approval.
- To glance rapidly through (a book), as by releasing or turning pages along their edge with the thumb.
- Under someone's influence or sway.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of thumb
- Middle English from Old English thūma teuə- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English thoume, thoumbe, from Old English Ã¾Å«ma, from Proto-Germanic *Ã¾Å«mÃ´ (cf. West Frisian tomme, Dutch duim, Low German Dumen, German Daumen, Danish tomme, Swedish tumme), from Proto-Indo-European *tÅ«m- (“to grow") (cf. Welsh tyfu (“to grow"), Latin tumÄ“re (“to swell"), Albanian thumb (“a sting, protuberance"), Lithuanian tumÄ—ti (“to thicken, clot"), Ancient Greek tÃ½mbos 'burial mound', Avestan tÅ«ma 'strong', Sanskrit tÃºmras 'strong, thick').