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thumb

 (thŭm)
n.
1.
a. The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.
b. A corresponding digit in other animals, especially primates. Also called pollex.
2. The part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb.
3. Architecture An ovolo.
v. thumbed, thumb·ing, thumbs
v.tr.
1. To scan (written matter) by turning over pages with or as if with the thumb.
2. To disarrange, soil, or wear by careless or frequent handling.
3. Informal To solicit (a ride) from a passing vehicle by signaling with the thumb.
v.intr.
1. To scan written matter by turning over pages with or as if with the thumb: thumbed through the latest issue of the magazine.
2. Informal To hitchhike.
Idioms:
all thumbs
Lacking physical coordination, skill, or grace; clumsy.
thumb (one's) nose
To express scorn or ridicule, often by placing the thumb on the nose and wiggling the fingers.
under (someone's) thumb
Under the control of someone; subordinate to.

[Middle English, from Old English thūma; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.]

thumb

(θʌm)
n
1. (Anatomy) the first and usually shortest and thickest of the digits of the hand, composed of two short bones. Technical name: pollex
2. (Zoology) the corresponding digit in other vertebrates
3. (Clothing & Fashion) the part of a glove shaped to fit the thumb
4. (Architecture) architect another name for ovolo
5. all thumbs clumsy
6. thumbs down an indication of refusal, disapproval, or negation: he gave the thumbs down on our proposal.
7. thumbs up an indication of encouragement, approval, or acceptance
8. under someone's thumb at someone's mercy or command
vb
9. (tr) to touch, mark, or move with the thumb
10. to attempt to obtain (a lift or ride) by signalling with the thumb
11. (when: intr, often foll by through) to flip the pages of (a book, magazine, etc) perfunctorily in order to glance at the contents
12. thumb one's nose at to deride or mock, esp by placing the thumb on the nose with fingers extended
[Old English thūma; related to Old Saxon thūma, Old High German thūmo, Old Norse thumall thumb of a glove, Latin tumēre to swell]
ˈthumbless adj
ˈthumbˌlike adj

thumb

(θʌm)

n.
1. the short, thick, inner digit of the human hand, next to the forefinger.
2. the corresponding digit in other animals; pollex.
3. the part of a glove or mitten for containing this digit.
v.t.
4. to soil or wear with the thumbs in handling, as the pages of a book.
5. to glance through (pages) (usu. fol. by through): to thumb through a brochure.
6. (of a hitchhiker) to solicit or get (a ride) by pointing the thumb in the desired direction of travel.
Idioms:
1. be all thumbs, to be clumsy.
2. thumb one's nose,
a. to raise the hand with fingers extended and touch the thumb to the nose as a gesture of scorn, defiance, etc.
b. to manifest defiance or contempt (usu. fol. by at): to thumb one's nose at convention.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English thūma, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon thūma, Old High German dūmo; akin to Old Norse thumalfingr (compare thimble)]

thumb

- From Old English thuma, "thick, swollen."
See also related terms for thick.

thumb


Past participle: thumbed
Gerund: thumbing

Imperative
thumb
thumb
Present
I thumb
you thumb
he/she/it thumbs
we thumb
you thumb
they thumb
Preterite
I thumbed
you thumbed
he/she/it thumbed
we thumbed
you thumbed
they thumbed
Present Continuous
I am thumbing
you are thumbing
he/she/it is thumbing
we are thumbing
you are thumbing
they are thumbing
Present Perfect
I have thumbed
you have thumbed
he/she/it has thumbed
we have thumbed
you have thumbed
they have thumbed
Past Continuous
I was thumbing
you were thumbing
he/she/it was thumbing
we were thumbing
you were thumbing
they were thumbing
Past Perfect
I had thumbed
you had thumbed
he/she/it had thumbed
we had thumbed
you had thumbed
they had thumbed
Future
I will thumb
you will thumb
he/she/it will thumb
we will thumb
you will thumb
they will thumb
Future Perfect
I will have thumbed
you will have thumbed
he/she/it will have thumbed
we will have thumbed
you will have thumbed
they will have thumbed
Future Continuous
I will be thumbing
you will be thumbing
he/she/it will be thumbing
we will be thumbing
you will be thumbing
they will be thumbing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been thumbing
you have been thumbing
he/she/it has been thumbing
we have been thumbing
you have been thumbing
they have been thumbing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been thumbing
you will have been thumbing
he/she/it will have been thumbing
we will have been thumbing
you will have been thumbing
they will have been thumbing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been thumbing
you had been thumbing
he/she/it had been thumbing
we had been thumbing
you had been thumbing
they had been thumbing
Conditional
I would thumb
you would thumb
he/she/it would thumb
we would thumb
you would thumb
they would thumb
Past Conditional
I would have thumbed
you would have thumbed
he/she/it would have thumbed
we would have thumbed
you would have thumbed
they would have thumbed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thumb - the thick short innermost digit of the forelimbthumb - the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
musculus abductor pollicis - the abductor muscle of the thumb
finger - any of the terminal members of the hand (sometimes excepting the thumb); "her fingers were long and thin"
thumbnail - the nail of the thumb
2.thumb - the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
glove - handwear: covers the hand and wrist
3.thumb - a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipsethumb - a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
echinus - ovolo molding between the shaft and the abacus of a Doric column
moulding, molding - a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
Verb1.thumb - travel by getting free rides from motorists
ride - be carried or travel on or in a vehicle; "I ride to work in a bus"; "He rides the subway downtown every day"
2.thumb - look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume"
peruse - examine or consider with attention and in detail; "Please peruse this report at your leisure"
3.thumb - feel or handle with the fingers; "finger the binding of the book"
touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"

thumb

noun
1. digit She bit her thumb, not looking at me.
verb
1. handle, finger, mark, soil, maul, mess up, dog-ear a well-thumbed copy of Who's Who
2. hitch, request (informal), signal for, hitchhike Thumbing a lift once had a carefree image.
all thumbs clumsy, inept, cack-handed (informal), maladroit, butterfingered (informal), ham-fisted (informal) Can you open this? I'm all thumbs.
thumb through something flick through, browse through, leaf through, glance at, turn over, flip through, skim through, riffle through, scan the pages of, run your eye over He had the drawer open and was thumbing through files.
thumbs down disapproval, refusal, rejection, no, rebuff, negation Brokers have given the firm the thumbs down.
thumbs up approval, go-ahead (informal), acceptance, yes, encouragement, green light, affirmation, O.K. or okay (informal) The film got a general thumbs up from the critics.
Related words
technical name pollex
adjective pollicical

thumb

verb
To look through reading matter casually.Also used with through:
browse, dip into, flip through, glance at (or over) (or through), leaf (through), riffle (through), run through, scan, skim.
Translations
إبهامإبْهامإبْهام القَفّازإِبْهامُ الْيَديُقَلِّب بالإبْهام
палец
polze
paleclistovat
tommelfingertommeltotblade hurtigt igennemtommel
dikfingropolekso
pöial
ابهام
peukalo
अंगूठा
palac
hüvelykujjátlapoz
pollice
ibu jari
flettaòumall, òumalfinguròumlungurþumalfingurþumall
親指
엄지손가락엄지
pollex
nykščio atspaudasnykščio nagasnykštyspo kieno nors padupritarimo/palaikymo ženklas
īkšķispāršķirstīt
tommeltommeskrue
polegardedo polegar
deget mare
palec
palec
palacпалац
tumme
kidole gumba
นิ้วโป้งหัวแม่มือ
baş parmakbaşparmakeldiven baş parmağısayfaları karıştırmak
полекс
ngón tay cái

thumb

[θʌm]
A. Npulgar m
he gave me a thumbs-up signme indicó con el pulgar que todo iba bien
to be all thumbs I'm all thumbs todayhoy soy un manazas
to twiddle one's thumbsestar mano sobre mano, estar sin hacer nada
to be under sb's thumbestar dominado por algn
she's got him under her thumble tiene metido en un puño
they gave it the thumbs downlo rechazaron, lo desaprobaron
they gave it the thumbs uplo aprobaron
the voters have given him the thumbs up/downel electorado votó a favor de/en contra de él
see also rule A2
B. VT
1. [+ book] → manosear
a well-thumbed bookun libro muy manoseado
2. to thumb a lift or a ridehacer autostop, hacer dedo, pedir aventón (LAm)
to thumb a lift to Londonviajar en autostop a Londres
3. to thumb one's nose at sth/sb (lit) → hacer burla a algo/algn (agitando la mano con el pulgar sobre la nariz) (fig) → burlarse de algo/algn
C. VI to thumb through a book/magazinehojear un libro/una revista
D. CPD thumb index Níndice m recortado

thumb

[ˈθʌm]
n
(= part of body) → pouce m
(= sign with thumbs) to give sb the thumbs up → lever le pouce en direction de qn
to give sth the thumbs up, to give the thumbs up to sth (= approve) → réagir favorablement à qch
to give sb the thumbs down (= refuse permission) → refuser de donner le feu vert à qn
to give sth the thumbs down (= reject) → rejeter qch
Why do you always give my ideas the thumbs down? → Pourquoi rejetez-vous toujours mes idées?
to get the thumbs up from sb [person] (= get permission) → recevoir le feu vert de qn; [proposal, idea] (= be welcomed) → obtenir une réaction favorable de qn
It more or less gets the thumbs up from everyone
BUT À peu près tout le monde y a réagi favorablement.
to stick out like a sore thumb (= be conspicuous) → ne pas passer inaperçu(e)
to be twiddling one's thumbs → se tourner les pouces
to be under sb's thumb → être sous la coupe de qn
vt (= hitch-hike) to thumb a lift → faire du stop
thumb through
vt (book)feuilleterthumb index nrépertoire m, répertoire m à onglets

thumb

nDaumen m; to be under somebody’s thumbunter jds Pantoffel (dat)or Fuchtel (dat)stehen; she has him under her thumbsie hat ihn unter ihrer Fuchtel; to be all thumbszwei linke Hände haben; he gave me the thumbs up/downer gab mir zu verstehen, dass alles in Ordnung war/dass es nicht in Ordnung war; the idea was given the thumbs up/downfür den Vorschlag wurde grünes/rotes Licht gegeben; it sticks out like a sore thumbdas springt einem direkt ins Auge; he sticks out like a sore thumb (= doesn’t fit in)er ist auffallend anders
vt
(inf) to thumb a ride or liftper Anhalter fahren; let’s thumb a lift with this lorrywir wollen versuchen, diesen Lastwagen anzuhalten
to thumb one’s nose at somebody/somethingjdm/einer Sache eine lange Nase machen; (fig)auf jdn/etw pfeifen
a well thumbed bookein Buch mit abgegriffenen Seiten

thumb

:
thumb index
nDaumenregister nt, → Daumenindex m
thumbnail
nDaumennagel m
(Comput) → Miniaturansicht f
thumbnail sketch
n (= drawing)kleine Skizze; (= description)kurze Skizze, kurze Zusammenfassung
thumbprint
thumbscrew
n (Tech) → Flügelschraube f; (torture) → Daumenschraube f; to put the thumbs on somebody (fig)jdm die Daumenschrauben anlegen

thumb

[θʌm]
1. n (Anat) → pollice m
to be under sb's thumb (fig) → essere succube di qn
to be all thumbs (fig) (fam) → essere maldestro/a
to give sb/sth the thumbs up (fam) (sign) → far segno di essere d'accordo con qn/qc (approve) → dare l'okay a qn/qc
to give sth the thumbs down (fam) → disapprovare or bocciare qc
2. vt (book) → sfogliare
to thumb a lift or a ride (fam) → fare l'autostop
to thumb one's nose at sb → fare marameo a qn
to thumb one's nose at sb/sth (fig) (fam) → beffarsi di qn/qc
3. vi to thumb through a book/magazinesfogliare un libro/una rivista

thumb

(θam) noun
1. the short thick finger of the hand, set at a different angle from the other four.
2. the part of a glove or mitten covering this finger.
verb
(often with through) to turn over (the pages of a book) with the thumb or fingers. She was thumbing through the dictionary.
ˈthumb-nail noun
the nail on the thumb.
ˈthumbprint noun
a mark made by pressing the thumb on to a surface, sometimes used as means of identification.
ˌthumbs-ˈup noun
a sign expressing a wish for good luck, success etc. He gave me the thumbs-up.
ˈthumbtack noun
(American) a drawing-pin. She hung the picture on the wall with thumbtacks.
under someone's thumb
controlled or greatly influenced by someone. She is completely under her husband's thumb.

thumb

إِبْهامُ الْيَد palec tommelfinger Daumen αντίχειρας pulgar peukalo pouce palac pollice 親指 엄지손가락 duim tommel kciuk polegar большой палец руки tumme นิ้วโป้ง baş parmak ngón tay cái 拇指

thumb

n. dedo pulgar;
___ suckingchuparse el dedo pulgar.

thumb

n dedo pulgar (de la mano), pulgar m (de la mano)
References in classic literature ?
No, nor felt such thorns," returned Laurie, with his thumb in his mouth, after a vain attempt to capture a solitary scarlet flower that grew just beyond his reach.
There were beautiful butterflies, moths and strange bugs in the securing of which the scientist evinced great delight, though when one beetle nipped him firmly and painfully on his thumb his involuntary cry of pain was as real as that of any other person.
I got hold of his thumb and bent it back, until he let go with a yell.
One moment, Miss Christie," said Dick lightly, as his thumb and finger relaxed in his waistcoat pocket over the only piece of money in the world that had remained to him after his extravagant purchase of Christie's saffrona rose, "one moment: in this yer monetary transaction, if you like, you are at liberty to use MY name.
The little boy only put his thumb to his broad snub-nose, with that look of shrewdness which a child, spending much of his time in the street.
Then Jurgis would try to hammer, and hit his fingers because the hammer was too small, and get mad because Ona had refused to let him pay fifteen cents more and get a bigger hammer; and Ona would be invited to try it herself, and hurt her thumb, and cry out, which necessitated the thumb's being kissed by Jurgis.
Baby seemed quite used to this mode of proceeding, for he put his thumb in his mouth (as if it were quite a thing of course), and seemed soon absorbed in his own reflections, while the mother seated herself, and taking out a long stocking of mixed blue and white yarn, began to knit with briskness.
The witty officer lifted at his left ear with his thumb, made a rasping noise in his throat, and said:
It lies in the center of this platter, in a bordering bed of grease-soaked potatoes; it is the size, shape, and thickness of a man's hand with the thumb and fingers cut off.
So Tom unwound the thread from one of his needles, and each boy pricked the ball of his thumb and squeezed out a drop of blood.
Take your thumb out of your mouth and come to ride with Becky in your go-cart.
Ben Weatherstaff," he answered, and then he added with a surly chuckle, "I'm lonely mysel' except when he's with me," and he jerked his thumb toward the robin.