thumb·​hole ˈthəm-ˌhōl How to pronounce thumbhole (audio)
: an opening in which to insert the thumb
: a hole in a wind musical instrument opened or closed by the thumb

Examples of thumbhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to a warming, gaiter-compatible high neck, thumbholes that prevent sleeves from bunching under outer layers, and a handy chest pocket, this will perfectly complement your existing ski apparel. Lydia Price, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 Kayakers will appreciate the addition of thumbholes to ensure the sleeves provide full coverage while paddling. Kevin Brouillard, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2023 Cut it out with a jigsaw [b], then freehand drill the thumbhole at a shallow angle with a 7⁄16-inch paddle bit. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 29 June 2023 There are so many small details, from the thumbholes to keep your hands covered on cold mornings to the cozy scuba hood to keep your head insulated as well as an interior chest pocket for storing your phone or valuables. Michelle Gross, Forbes, 4 May 2023 With unanimous support from the council, the law banned the possession, transfer and sale of most shotguns and certain pistols and semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips, a thumbhole stock, or any protruding grip that allows a weapon to be stabilized with the non-trigger hand. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 The Strafe Lynx also has a ski pass pocket on the sleeve, thumbhole cuffs, and a helmet-compatible hood. Anna Popp, Travel + Leisure, 27 Jan. 2023 There are magnetic closures instead of buttons, and thumbhole cuffs to keep jacket sleeves in place. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 The thumbhole stock can be adapted to fit just about anyone—righty or lefty—with both standard and high cheek pieces to ensure a good sight picture. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 4 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thumbhole was in 1859

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“Thumbhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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