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strum

play
noun \ˈstrəm\

Definition of strum

  1. :  an act, instance, or sound of strumming

Origin and Etymology of strum

imitative


First Known Use: 1764


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strum

verb

Definition of strum

strummed

;

strumming

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to brush the fingers over the strings of (a musical instrument) in playing strum a guitar; also :  3thrum 1b :  to play (music) on a stringed instrument strum a tune

  3. 2 :  to cause to sound vibrantly winds strummed the rigging — H. A. Chippendale

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to strum a stringed instrument

  6. 2 :  to sound vibrantly

strummer

noun

Examples of strum in a sentence

  1. He strummed a tune on the guitar.

1777

First Known Use of strum

1777


STRUM Defined for English Language Learners


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strum

verb

Definition of strum for English Language Learners

  • : 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


STRUM Defined for Kids

strum

play
verb \ˈstrəm\

Definition of strum for Students

strummed

;

strumming

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



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