- 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
- a strainer, as at the inlet of a system of tubing.
Origin of strum2
Examples from the Web for strum
Contemporary Examples of strum
An airy acoustic guitar begins to strum; a synthesized orchestra begins to swell.‘Reflektor’ Makes Arcade Fire the Biggest Band in the World
October 29, 2013
When Guy answered affirmatively, the stranger brought Guy to his apartment to strum some tunes for his wife.‘When I Left Home’: The Life of Buddy Guy
June 7, 2012
Historical Examples of strum
Being able to strum on the mandoline settled it for me, and jolly thankful I was, too.Twos and Threes
G. B. Stern
She is ingenious, She used to strum ballads to the moon on my adolescent nerves.Very Woman
Remy de Gourmont
I'm made to strum on the piano for an hour every day, but I hate it.The Girls of St. Cyprian's
He shifted his stool towards the middle of the piano and began to strum again.The Wave
It had not the harps of the trees to strum on, but it made shift with the corners of the houses.H. R.
- 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 for strum
1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument. Related: Strummed; strumming.