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Meaning & Definition of Thumb in English

English

Thumb

/θəm/

noun

1. The thick short innermost digit of the forelimb

    synonym:
  • thumb
  • ,
  • pollex

2. The part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb

    synonym:
  • thumb

3. A convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse

    synonym:
  • ovolo
  • ,
  • thumb
  • ,
  • quarter round

verb

1. Travel by getting free rides from motorists

    synonym:
  • hitchhike
  • ,
  • hitch
  • ,
  • thumb

2. Look through a book or other written material

  • "He thumbed through the report"
  • "She leafed through the volume"
    synonym:
  • flick
  • ,
  • flip
  • ,
  • thumb
  • ,
  • riffle
  • ,
  • leaf
  • ,
  • riff

3. Feel or handle with the fingers

  • "Finger the binding of the book"
    synonym:
  • finger
  • ,
  • thumb

Examples of using

His wife has him under the thumb.
The hand has five fingers: the thumb, the index finger, the middle finger, the ring finger, and the pinky.
He has her under his thumb.