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thumb

 
pronunciation:
thuhm
parts of speech:
noun, verb
phrases:
all thumbs, under one's thumb, thumb one's nose
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the short, thick first finger on humans and other primates. The thumb makes it easy for the hand to pick up things and grasp them.
He still sucks his thumb like a baby when no one is watching.
 
definition 2: a cover for this finger, as in a glove.
The thumb on my mitten is torn.
phrase: all thumbs
phrase: under one's thumb
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: thumbs, thumbing, thumbed
definition: to scan by turning pages with the thumb.
I thumbed the book, but I didn't read it.
similar words:
leaf
phrase: thumb one's nose
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