Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

thumbkin

[thuhm-kin]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. thumbscrew(def 2).
Show More
Also thumb·i·kin [thuhm-i-kin] /ˈθʌm ɪ kɪn/, thumb·i·kins.

Origin of thumbkin

First recorded in 1675–85; thumb + -kin
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for thumbkin

Historical Examples

  • And a wolf coming by swallowed the paunch and Thumbkin with it.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • When they had finished their supper the men looked about to find Thumbkin, but he was not there.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • The monks of Vera Cruz can best tell thee where little 'thumbkin' is.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan

  • And the man took off his hat and put it on the ground, when Thumbkin jumped off and hid himself in the crevice of a tree.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs

  • But at last the paunch of the wolf was slit open, and Thumbkin jumped out and went to his mother.

    Europa's Fairy Book

    Joseph Jacobs