verb (used with object)
Words nearby thumb
Idioms for thumb
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM thumbthumb·less, adjectivethumb·like, adjective
Examples from the Web for thumbed
Putin thumbed his nose at Obama and the rest of the world during the G20 summit.
Russia, by contrast, thumbed its nose at Washington and got away with it.
As I thumbed through the pamphlet I turned to page 5, state measures.
It was thumbed and thrumbed all to pieces from long and patient use.Shadows of Shasta|Joaquin Miller
Books were carted in, thumbed through for inspiration, and cast back into the outer corridor in disgust.Telempathy|Vance Simonds
The speaker jerked his head over his shoulder and thumbed a command to the other bearers.Leerie|Ruth Sawyer
But he turned, thumbed open one of the side panels in Vye's compartment, and dug out the emergency supplies.Star Hunter|Andre Alice Norton
He thumbed the sheath of papers he had collected on the Stockbridge case.Whispering Wires|Henry Leverage
British Dictionary definitions for thumbed
Derived forms of thumbthumbless, adjectivethumblike, adjective
Word Origin for thumb
Medical definitions for thumbed
Idioms and Phrases with thumbed
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