- 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.
Origin of thrum1
- 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.
Origin of thrum2
Related Words for thrummingthrob, quiver, vibrate, purr, whirr, strum, moan, whisper, warble, croon, murmur, sing, mumble, trill, palpitate, drum, roar, hammer, thud, pulse
Examples from the Web for thrumming
Contemporary Examples of thrumming
In no time, the Latin American blogosphere was thrumming with jokes and parodies.Venezuela Unveils Orwellian Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness
October 31, 2013
Historical Examples of thrumming
There was a thrumming all about him, and he heard a low keening of wind.Security
Poul William Anderson
Mr. Coxon had wandered to the window again, and was thrumming on the panes.Half a Hero
"Here goes, then," said Mr. Mizzen, thrumming on the guitar.The Old Tobacco Shop
There was a sudden, deeper note in the thrumming roar of the great ship.The Ultimate Weapon
John Wood Campbell
Well, if it helped her, let her keep it thrumming on all night!The Forsyte Saga, Volume III.
- to strum rhythmically but without expression on (a musical instrument)
- (intr) to drum incessantlyrain thrummed on the roof
- to repeat (something) monotonously
- a repetitive strumming or recitation
Word Origin for thrum
- 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
Word Origin for thrum
"play a stringed instrument," 1590s, from the noun (1550s), of imitative origin. Related: Thrummed; thrumming.