[ struhm ]
/ strʌm /
verb (used with object), strummed, strum·ming.
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.
verb (used without object), strummed, strum·ming.
to play on a stringed musical instrument by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
the act of strumming.
the sound produced by strumming.
- struggle bus,
- struggle for existence,
- struma lymphomatosa,
- struma ovarii,
Origin of strum1
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/ (strʌm) /
verb strums, strumming or strummed
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
C18: probably of imitative origin; see thrum 1
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1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument. Related: Strummed; strumming.
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