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 thumbing
And the last anyone looked, those regimes are still around, thumbing their noses at Washington.
He was deep in the archives at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, thumbing through a generic file about women in baseball.The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig|Adam Doster|May 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Were they thumbing their noses at the people of Gujarat, at the rest of us Indians?
Kagan seemed to be continuously looking around the courthouse, and Alito was thumbing through some papers on his desk.
Without conscious volition, Howell's pistol was out and he was thumbing the safety off.Naudsonce|H. Beam Piper
I should be very much interested in thumbing through it because I have been trying to study the past history.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
“Here are the clues, the possibilities,” he said, thumbing the cards with nervous fingers.The Arrow of Fire|Roy J. Snell
Two men in dingy garments were seated on the floor a little distance away, thumbing a decrepit pack of cards over an empty box.Satan Sanderson|Hallie Erminie Rives
He was so busy with Party affairs, and thumbing his big books upstairs, that he did not know how things were going at home.The Torrent|Vicente Blasco Ibaez
British Dictionary definitions for thumbing
Derived forms of thumbthumbless, adjectivethumblike, adjective
Word Origin for thumb
Medical definitions for thumbing
Idioms and Phrases with thumbing
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