verb (used with object)
- to put one's thumb to one's nose and extend the fingers as a crudely defiant or contemptuous gesture.
- to express defiance or contempt; dismiss or reject contemptuously.
Origin of thumb
Related formsthumb·less, adjectivethumb·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for thumb
Pete stuck his thumb out at the age of 17 and hitch hiked out of Birmingham, England.
In the meantime, certain rules of thumb about drone use are self-evident.
He had only one tooth, and he ate by using his thumb as a second incisor.
All I have been able to find is a cute picture of Spears and Garnett with two comments and 30-some thumb icons of approval.
Let me bite my lip and thrust out my thumb and confess: I did not have literary expectations of that woman, Miss Lewinsky.
Copley has got your father under his thumb and has threatened to ruin him, unless you consent to be his wife.Hard Pressed|Fred M. White
One day, in the Rue de l'Universite, one of these scamps was putting his thumb to his nose at the carriage gate of No. 69.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
Then the man of letters flicked it across the room with finger and thumb.
As the fore-finger goes through the centre ring, and the thumb is at the top, the weapon is almost entirely concealed by the hand.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things|Edmund Fillingham King
But Thumb could barely touch him with the tips of his fingers.The Three Mulla-mulgars|Walter De La Mare
British Dictionary definitions for thumb
Derived Formsthumbless, adjectivethumblike, adjective
Word Origin for thumb
Medicine definitions for thumb
Idioms and Phrases with thumb
In addition to the idioms beginning with thumb
- thumb a ride
- thumb one's nose
- thumbs up
- all thumbs
- green thumb
- rule of thumb
- stick out (like a sore thumb)
- twiddle one's thumbs
- under someone's thumb