to play on a stringed instrument, as a guitar, by plucking the strings, especially in an idle, monotonous, or unskillful manner; strum.
to sound when thrummed on, as a guitar or similar stringed instrument.
to drum or tap idly with the fingers.
to play (a stringed instrument, or a melody on it) by plucking the strings, especially in an idle, monotonous, or unskillful manner; strum.
to drum or tap idly on.
to recite or tell in a monotonous way.
an act or sound of thrumming; dull, monotonous sound.
- thrummer, noun
Other definitions for thrum (2 of 2)
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.
thrums, the row or fringe of such threads.
any short piece of waste thread or yarn; tuft, tassel, or fringe of threads, as at the edge of a piece of cloth.
Often thrums .Nautical. short bits of rope yarn used for making mats.
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.
to furnish or cover with thrums, ends of thread, or tufts.
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How to use thrum in a sentence
Fusing R&B sounds with electro-pop production throws songs into a softer focus, and her vocals are often layered over the thrum of a steady bass or drum as she whispers about the inner dimensions and complexity of love and adolescence.The best things to do in the D.C. area the week of Nov. 4-10 | Fritz Hahn, Anying Guo, Chris Richards, Haben Kelati | November 4, 2021 | Washington Post
Work can kill your soul, but the stories in this collection thrum with life.
They had not heard the thrum of the motors on the roadway outside.The Ghost Breaker | Charles Goddard
Dee could thrum out an accompaniment, if it happened to be a very simple one with only one or two changes.Vacation with the Tucker Twins | Nell Speed
When he touches Rossetti's lute his melody is blurred by the thrum of the strings that the Italian's fingers have so lately left.Oscar Wilde | Arthur Ransome
British Dictionary definitions for thrum (1 of 2)
to strum rhythmically but without expression on (a musical instrument)
(intr) to drum incessantly: rain thrummed on the roof
to repeat (something) monotonously
a repetitive strumming or recitation
- thrummer, noun
British Dictionary definitions for thrum (2 of 2)
any of the unwoven ends of warp thread remaining on the loom when the web has been removed
such ends of thread collectively
a fringe or tassel of short unwoven threads
(tr) to trim with thrums
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