thumb

noun

  • 1

    The short, thick first digit of the human hand, set lower and apart from the other four and opposable to them.

verb

  • 2

    Press, move, or touch (something) with one's thumb.

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Dialects

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Origin

Old English thūma, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch duim and German Daumen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin tumere ‘to swell’. The verb dates from the late 16th century, first in the sense ‘play (a musical instrument) with the thumbs’.

Pronunciation

  • thumb /θʌm/