Thrum Thrum, v. t. 1. To play, as a stringed instrument, in a rude or monotonous manner. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to drum on; to strike in a monotonous manner; to thrum the table. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Thrum — Thrum, n. [OE. thrum, throm; akin to OD. drom, D. dreum, G. trumm, lump, end, fragment, OHG. drum end, Icel. ?r[ o]mr edge, brim, and L. terminus a limit, term. Cf. {Term}.] [Written also {thrumb}.] 1. One of the ends of weaver s threads; hence,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thrum — Thrum, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thrummed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thrumming}.] 1. To furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe. [1913 Webster] Are we born to thrum caps or pick straw? Quarles. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) To insert short pieces of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thrum — thrum1 [thrum] n. [ME < OE (in comp.), ligament, akin to Ger trumm < IE base * ter , to pass over, cross > TRANS , TERM2] 1. a) the row of warp thread ends left on a loom when the web is cut off b) any of these ends …   English World dictionary

  • Thrum — Thrum, v. i. [CF. Icel. ?ruma to rattle, to thunder, and E. drum.] 1. To play rudely or monotonously on a stringed instrument with the fingers; to strum. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, to make a monotonous drumming noise; as, to thrum on a table. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thrum — [θrʌm] v past tense and past participle thrummed present participle thrumming [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: From the sound] to make a low sound like the sound of an engine ▪ The engine thrummed into life. >thrum[i] n [singular] ▪ the thrum of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thrum — [ θrʌm ] verb intransitive to make a low regular noise like one object gently hitting another many times ╾ thrum noun singular …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thrum — (v.) play a stringed instrument, 1590s, from the noun (1550s), of imitative origin. Related: Thrummed; thrumming …   Etymology dictionary

  • thrum — ► VERB (thrummed, thrumming) 1) make a continuous rhythmic humming sound. 2) strum (the strings of a musical instrument) in a rhythmic way. ► NOUN ▪ a continuous rhythmic humming sound. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • thrum — bar·a·thrum; clei·thrum; ly·thrum; mil·li·thrum; po·dar·thrum; py·re·thrum; thrum; thrum·ble; thrum·mer; thrum·ming; thrum·my; …   English syllables

  • thrum — [[t]θrʌ̱m[/t]] thrums, thrumming, thrummed VERB When something such as a machine or engine thrums, it makes a low beating sound. The air conditioner thrummed. N COUNT; SOUND Thrum is also a noun. ...the thrum of refrigeration motors... My head… …   English dictionary

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