- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of strummed
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 for strum
1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument. Related: Strummed; strumming.