strum


1strum

noun \ˈstrəm\

Definition of STRUM

:  an act, instance, or sound of strumming

Origin of STRUM

imitative
First Known Use: 1764

Rhymes with STRUM

2strum

verb

: to play (a guitar or similar instrument) by moving your fingers across the strings

: to play (music) on a guitar, banjo, etc., by moving your fingers over the strings

strummedstrum·ming

Full Definition of STRUM

transitive verb
1
a :  to brush the fingers over the strings of (a musical instrument) in playing <strum a guitar>; also :  3thrum 1
b :  to play (music) on a stringed instrument <strum a tune>
2
:  to cause to sound vibrantly <winds strummed the rigging — H. A. Chippendale>
intransitive verb
1
:  to strum a stringed instrument
2
:  to sound vibrantly
strum·mer noun

Examples of STRUM

  1. He strummed a tune on the guitar.

First Known Use of STRUM

1777

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