Thumb Thumb, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thumbed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thumbing}.] 1. To handle awkwardly. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

2. To play with the thumbs, or with the thumbs and fingers; as, to thumb over a tune. [1913 Webster]

3. To soil or wear with the thumb or the fingers; to soil, or wear out, by frequent handling; also, to cover with the thumb; as, to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon. [1913 Webster]

He gravely informed the enemy that all his cards had been thumbed to pieces, and begged them to let him have a few more packs. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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