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strum

noun \ ˈstrəm \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of strum

:an act, instance, or sound of strumming

Recent Examples of strum from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of strum

imitative


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strum

verb

Definition of strum

strummed; strumming
transitive verb
1 a :to brush the fingers over the strings of (a musical instrument) in playing
  • strum a guitar
; also :1thrum 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

strummer

noun

Examples of strum in a Sentence

  1. He strummed a tune on the guitar.

Recent Examples of strum from the Web

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First Known Use of strum

1777


STRUM Defined for English Language Learners

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

verb \ ˈstrəm \

Definition of strum for Students

strummed; strumming
:to play on a stringed instrument by brushing the strings with the fingers
  • strum a guitar


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