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strum1

[struhm] /strʌm/
verb (used with object), strummed, strumming.
1.
to play on (a stringed musical instrument) by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
2.
to produce (notes, a melody, etc.) by such playing:
to strum a tune.
verb (used without object), strummed, strumming.
3.
to play on a stringed musical instrument by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
noun
4.
the act of strumming.
5.
the sound produced by strumming.
Origin of strum1
1765-1775
1765-75; perhaps blend of string and thrum1
Related forms
strummer, noun
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  • An instrument on which the keynote is strummed to accompany singing.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • One strummed a lute, and they were singing together in Latin.

  • One negro began chanting while the other strummed carelessly on the guitar.

    Three Soldiers John Dos Passos
  • I cannot have it strummed on and put out of tune by everybody.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • He strummed softly, swaying to the rhythm of what he played.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • The unforgotten and ineffaceable past strummed the fibres of his throat.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for strummed

strum

/strʌm/
verb strums, strumming, strummed
1.
to sound (the strings of a guitar, banjo, etc) with a downward or upward sweep of the thumb or of a plectrum
2.
to play (chords, a tune, etc) in this way
Derived Forms
strummer, noun
Word Origin
C18: probably of imitative origin; see thrum1
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Word Origin and History for strummed

strum

v.

1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument. Related: Strummed; strumming.

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