thumb·​hole | \ ˈthəm-ˌhōl How to pronounce thumbhole (audio) \

Definition of thumbhole

1 : an opening in which to insert the thumb
2 : a hole in a wind musical instrument opened or closed by the thumb

Examples of thumbhole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The 10 Best Air Rifles for Hunting Squirrels," 4 Dec. 2020 From left: For tactile techies, a fuzzy neck panel and thumbhole cuffs ensure a soft and cozy skin-feel for a long day on the hill. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "The Ultimate Guide to Ski Style," 11 Dec. 2020 Modern refinements to the classic rifle include a transfer bar safety that makes the gun drop safe and synthetic furniture, including a thumbhole model. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "The 9 Best Single-Shot Rifles and Shotguns for Any Budget," 14 Aug. 2020 The gun features a bull barrel and an ambidextrous thumbhole stock. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Truth About Air Rifles: 4 Guns You Can Actually Shoot," 23 June 2014 It’s drilled and tapped for a scope and is available in standard and thumbhole versions. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The 10 All-Time Best Turkey Guns," 3 Oct. 2019 The leggings and sports bras incorporate contouring and bonded technology and signature details include thumbholes in sleeves, secure zip pockets and flexible drawstrings. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Target set to launch 'All in Motion' this month, an activewear brand 'created for everyone'," 9 Jan. 2020 The Gamma has a helmet-compatible hood, thumbholes, a high collar, hand pockets, and a pocket at the left biceps. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The Best Fleeces for Women," 21 Mar. 2018 The sleeves are longer than the R1, and the thumbholes were the perfect length for me. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The Best Fleeces for Women," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of thumbhole

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thumbhole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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