- to play on (a stringed musical instrument) by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
- to produce (notes, a melody, etc.) by such playing: to strum a tune.
- to play on a stringed musical instrument by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
- the act of strumming.
- the sound produced by strumming.
Origin of strum1
Examples from the Web for strummed
He strummed the guitar as “if he were fully clothed and in front of a crowd of thousands,” remembered the actress.Terrence Howard, Star of ‘The Butler,’ Is an Actor With a Dark Past
August 20, 2013
He had his guitar, and as soon as he settled into the sofa he strummed a few chords.John Grisham's First Short Story: Part Two
October 26, 2009
He settled his shaky fingers on the guitar strings, strummed a chord, fell silent, sighed, then rallied.The Night I Joined the Upper Class
May 19, 2009
I cautiously picked up the instrument, strummed a few chords, closed my eyes, and sang.First Day Out of Prison
January 26, 2009
An instrument on which the keynote is strummed to accompany singing.My Reminiscences
One strummed a lute, and they were singing together in Latin.The Saracen: The Holy War
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
He strummed softly, swaying to the rhythm of what he played.The Wave
- to sound (the strings of a guitar, banjo, etc) with a downward or upward sweep of the thumb or of a plectrum
- to play (chords, a tune, etc) in this way
Word Origin and History for strummed
1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument. Related: Strummed; strumming.