thrum

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verb (1)

thrummed; thrumming

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

thrum

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noun (1)

: the monotonous sound of thrumming

thrum

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noun (2)

1
a(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
2
: a hair, fiber, or threadlike leaf on a plant
also : a tuft or fringe of such structures
thrum adjective

thrum

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verb (2)

thrummed; thrumming

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

Word History

Etymology

Verb (1)

imitative

Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrum was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thrum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thrum. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

thrum

verb

ˈthrəm
thrummed; thrumming
: to sound or speak with a steady or boring rhythm
thrum noun
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