Thumb meaning

thŭm
To disarrange, soil, or wear by careless or frequent handling.
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To solicit (a ride) from a passing vehicle by signaling with the thumb.
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To scan written matter by turning over pages with or as if with the thumb.

Thumbed through the latest issue of the magazine.

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To hitchhike.
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To thumb is to use the short finger of your hand to touch something or to turn the pages of a book.

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.

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The thumb is the short finger on your hand that is nearest your wrist.

The short finger on your hand that is opposable to your other fingers is an example of a thumb.

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An ovolo.
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To scan (written matter) by turning over pages with or as if with the thumb.
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The part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb.
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The short, thick digit of the human hand that is nearest the wrist and is opposable to the other fingers.
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A corresponding part in some other vertebrate animals.
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The part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb.
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To handle, turn, soil, or wear with or as with the thumb.
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To solicit or get (a ride) or make (one's way) in hitchhiking by gesturing with the thumb extended in the direction one is traveling.
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The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.
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A corresponding digit in other animals, especially primates.
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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.
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(computing) The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.
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(colloquial, Internet) A thumbnail picture.
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(digit): opposable thumb.
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To touch or cover with the thumb.

To thumb the touch-hole of a cannon.

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(with through) 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.

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(travel) To hitchhike.

So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.

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To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling.
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all thumbs
  • Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; clumsy.
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thumb (one's) nose
  • To express scorn or ridicule, often by placing the thumb on the nose and wiggling the fingers.
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under (someone's) thumb
  • Under the control of someone; subordinate to.
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all thumbs
  • Clumsy; fumbling.
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thumb one's nose
  • 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.
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thumbs down
  • A signal of rejection or disapproval.
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thumbs up
  • A signal of acceptance or approval.
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thumb through
  • To glance rapidly through (a book), as by releasing or turning pages along their edge with the thumb.
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under someone's thumb
  • Under someone's influence or sway.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

under (someone's) thumb
thumb through
under someone's thumb

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 þūma, from Proto-Germanic *þūmô (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 týmbos 'burial mound', Avestan tÅ«ma 'strong', Sanskrit túmras 'strong, thick').

    From Wiktionary