\ ˈstrəm How to pronounce strum (audio) \

Definition of strum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act, instance, or sound of strumming


strummed; strumming

Definition of strum (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to brush the fingers over the strings of (a musical instrument) in playing strum a guitar also : thrum entry 1 sense 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

Other Words from strum


strummer noun

Examples of strum in a Sentence

Verb He strummed a tune on the guitar.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the video, the singer’s gold-laden, tattooed hands are seen turning over a playing card to reveal the same portrait next to a pink envelope with an ornate seal, all as the strum of a bass gradually gets louder. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2022 In the photo, Mayer plays a light purple guitar while Ben watches his dad's friend strum. Vanessa Etienne,, 7 Feb. 2022 The track boasts a plucky guitar strum, a dusty drum shuffle, and some swooning pedal steel work, all of which flutter beneath Lewis’ clever lyrics about getting older and balancing life’s tribulations with the important things. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2021 Centro-Matic is a respected Texas band meshing gritty strum and alternative crunch. Matt Wake |, al, 8 June 2021 The pounding of metal and the strum of a guitar coexist at fifteenTWELVE. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 19 May 2021 Though anchored by a simple acoustic strum, frontman Wayne Coyne slathers his vocals in reverb, adding a psychedelic edge to the tune which the Lips continue to toy with throughout the track. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2021 The AirPods Pro seamlessly reproduce every note, strum, hit or key press on a track. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 19 Mar. 2021 Formed in Auburn, a city with a football-famous university but also, back then, a vibrant punk scene, Pine Hill Haints never blew up like some groups that later reshaped folk strum into pop success and major-festival headlining. Matt Wake |, al, 8 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or strum on an electric guitar, play the drums or sing in a recording studio to make your own music. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 5 May 2022 Featuring original songs from Maggie McClure and Shane Henry (who perform in real life as The Imaginaries), Samuel Goldwyn Films’ A Cowgirl’s Song will strum into theaters on April 22. Angela Dawson, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Or strum on an electric guitar, play the drums or sing in a recording studio to make your own music. Annie Nickoloff, cleveland, 21 Apr. 2022 An entrepreneur and an adventurer with so many mountain trails left to climb, waves still to surf, and melodies yet to strum on his guitar. CBS News, 2 Apr. 2022 Or strum on an electric guitar, play the drums or sing in a recording studio to make your own music. cleveland, 31 Mar. 2022 Mulitz’s and Baker’s guitars strum out a breezy disco rhythm as their vocals overlap with ease, letting the song unfold in no hurry. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2022 In the afternoons, Anderson said, kids stop by on their walk home from school, strum one of the many guitars and just hang out. Saige Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 Feb. 2022 Montana, the movie sees Cumberbatch strum his instrument of choice — a banjo — throughout the film. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of strum


1764, in the meaning defined above


1777, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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More Definitions for strum


\ ˈstrəm How to pronounce strum (audio) \
strummed; strumming

Kids Definition of strum

: to play on a stringed instrument by brushing the strings with the fingers strum a guitar

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