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 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 Made from organic cotton and bamboo, the fabric feels soft against your skin, with smart details like thumbholes to cover your hands, and pockets to stash your sunglasses. Kristin Auble, CNT, "How to Shop for Sun Protective Clothing This Summer," 25 July 2017 The Surfskin gives total body coverage with foot stirrups and thumbholes. Samantha Esquivel, Orange County Register, "Mail Time Review: SlipIns," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of thumbhole

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thumbhole.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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