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
Its southern megacity, Lagos, thrums with BlackBerrys, Hummers, and nightclubs.
As soon, however, as T. or anybody thrums a waltz on the piano, he instantly throws himself into the attitude to dance.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Here, too, those who go to the town from the south get their first glimpse of Thrums.
Eppie was not the only person in Thrums whom this marriage enraged.
Everybody in Thrums was asleep but ourselves, and the doctor who never came.
But he says, 'Not one soul in Thrums 'll daur say that to me but yersel, Jess.
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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