thumb through

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of thumb through

: to turn the pages of (a book, magazine, etc.) quickly
  • I thumbed through a magazine while I waited.

Word by Word Definitions

thumb play
  1. : the short thick digit of the human hand that is analogous in position to the big toe and differs from the other fingers in having only two phalanges, allowing greater freedom of movement, and being opposable to each of them

  2. : the part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb

  3. : a convex molding : ovolo

  1. : to turn over pages

  2. : to travel by thumbing rides : hitchhike

  3. : to request or obtain (a ride) in a passing automobile by signaling with the thumb


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