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thrum1

[thruhm] /θrʌm/
verb (used without object), thrummed, thrumming.
1.
to play on a stringed instrument, as a guitar, by plucking the strings, especially in an idle, monotonous, or unskillful manner; strum.
2.
to sound when thrummed on, as a guitar or similar stringed instrument.
3.
to drum or tap idly with the fingers.
verb (used with object), thrummed, thrumming.
4.
to play (a stringed instrument, or a melody on it) by plucking the strings, especially in an idle, monotonous, or unskillful manner; strum.
5.
to drum or tap idly on.
6.
to recite or tell in a monotonous way.
noun
7.
an act or sound of thrumming; dull, monotonous sound.
Origin of thrum1
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; imitative
Related forms
thrummer, noun

thrum2

[thruhm] /θrʌm/
noun
1.
one of the ends of the warp threads in a loom, left unwoven and remaining attached to the loom when the web is cut off.
2.
thrums, the row or fringe of such threads.
3.
any short piece of waste thread or yarn; tuft, tassel, or fringe of threads, as at the edge of a piece of cloth.
4.
Often, thrums. Nautical. short bits of rope yarn used for making mats.
verb (used with object), thrummed, thrumming.
5.
Nautical. to insert short pieces of rope yarn through (canvas) and thus give it a rough surface, as for wrapping about a part to prevent chafing.
6.
to furnish or cover with thrums, ends of thread, or tufts.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English throm end-piece, Old English -thrum, in tungethrum ligament of the tongue, cognate with Old High German drum end-piece; akin to Old Norse thrǫmr brim, edge, Latin terminus, Greek térma end
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  • There was a thrumming all about him, and he heard a low keening of wind.

    Security Poul William Anderson
  • Mr. Coxon had wandered to the window again, and was thrumming on the panes.

    Half a Hero Anthony Hope
  • "Here goes, then," said Mr. Mizzen, thrumming on the guitar.

    The Old Tobacco Shop William Bowen
  • There was a sudden, deeper note in the thrumming roar of the great ship.

    The Ultimate Weapon John Wood Campbell
  • Well, if it helped her, let her keep it thrumming on all night!

  • After a time a dull, thrumming sound attracted his attention.

  • When the door was opened, distant sounds of the thrumming of banjoes could be heard.

    Jupiter Lights Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The thrumming of a powerful automobile could be heard through the patter of the rain.

    The Day of Wrath Louis Tracy
  • There was now heard the thrumming of more motors approaching.

    The Black Watch Scout Joe Cassells
British Dictionary definitions for thrumming

thrum1

/θrʌm/
verb thrums, thrumming, thrummed
1.
to strum rhythmically but without expression on (a musical instrument)
2.
(intransitive) to drum incessantly: rain thrummed on the roof
3.
to repeat (something) monotonously
noun
4.
a repetitive strumming or recitation
Derived Forms
thrummer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin

thrum2

/θrʌm/
noun
1.
  1. any of the unwoven ends of warp thread remaining on the loom when the web has been removed
  2. such ends of thread collectively
2.
a fringe or tassel of short unwoven threads
verb thrums, thrumming, thrummed
3.
(transitive) to trim with thrums
Word Origin
C14: from Old English; related to Old High German drum remnant, Dutch dreum
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Word Origin and History for thrumming

thrum

v.

"play a stringed instrument," 1590s, from the noun (1550s), of imitative origin. Related: Thrummed; thrumming.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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