thumb

[ thuhm ]
/ θʌm /

noun

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. thugs,
  2. thuja,
  3. thule,
  4. thulia,
  5. thulium,
  6. thumb a ride,
  7. thumb drive,
  8. thumb forceps,
  9. thumb glass,
  10. thumb index

Idioms

Origin of thumb

before 900; Middle English; Old English thūma; cognate with Dutch duim, Old Saxon, Old High German dūmo (German Daumen), Old Norse thumall; akin to Latin tumēre to swell (tumor)

Related formsthumb·less, adjectivethumb·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for thumb one's nose

thumb

/ (θʌm) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsthumbless, adjectivethumblike, adjective

Word Origin for thumb

Old English thūma; related to Old Saxon thūma, Old High German thūmo, Old Norse thumall thumb of a glove, Latin tumēre to swell

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Word Origin and History for thumb one's nose
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Medicine definitions for thumb one's nose

thumb

[ thŭm ]

n.

The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.

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Idioms and Phrases with thumb one's nose

thumb one's nose

Express scorn or ridicule. For example, I'm sure the members of the school committee thumb their noses at any suggestion we make. This expression alludes to the traditional gesture of contempt, that is, placing the thumb under the nose and wiggling the fingers. [c. 1900]

thumb

In addition to the idioms beginning with thumb

  • thumb a ride
  • thumb one's nose
  • thumbs up

also see:

  • all thumbs
  • green thumb
  • rule of thumb
  • stick out (like a sore thumb)
  • twiddle one's thumbs
  • under someone's thumb
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