verb (1)
\ ˈthrəm How to pronounce thrum (audio) \
thrummed; thrumming

Definition of thrum

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to sound with a monotonous hum
2 : to play or pluck a stringed instrument idly : strum

transitive verb

1 : to play (something, such as a stringed instrument) in an idle or relaxed manner
2 : to recite tiresomely or monotonously


noun (1)

Definition of thrum (Entry 2 of 4)

: the monotonous sound of thrumming


noun (2)

Definition of thrum (Entry 3 of 4)

1a(1) : a fringe of warp threads left on the loom after the cloth has been removed
(2) : one of these warp threads
b : a tuft or short piece of rope yarn used in thrumming canvas usually used in plural
c : bit, particle
2 : a hair, fiber, or threadlike leaf on a plant also : a tuft or fringe of such structures


verb (2)
thrummed; thrumming

Definition of thrum (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to furnish with thrums : fringe
2 : to insert short pieces of rope yarn or spun yarn in (a piece of canvas) to make a rough surface or a mat which can be wrapped about rigging to prevent chafing

Other Words from thrum

Noun (2)

thrum adjective

First Known Use of thrum

Verb (1)

1592, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2

Noun (1)

1798, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thrum

Verb (1)


Noun (2)

Middle English, from Old English -thrum (in tungethrum ligament of the tongue); akin to Old High German drum fragment

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“Thrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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\ ˈthrəm How to pronounce thrum (audio) \
thrummed; thrumming

Kids Definition of thrum

: to play a stringed instrument idly : strum

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