1 [struhm]
verb (used with object), strummed, strumming.
to play on (a stringed musical instrument) by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
to produce (notes, a melody, etc.) by such playing: to strum a tune.
verb (used without object), strummed, strumming.
to play on a stringed musical instrument by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
the act of strumming.
the sound produced by strumming.

1765–75; perhaps blend of string and thrum1

strummer, noun Unabridged


2 [struhm]
a strainer, as at the inlet of a system of tubing.

origin uncertain Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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strum (strʌm)
vb , strums, strumming, strummed
1.  to sound (the strings of a guitar, banjo, etc) with a downward or upward sweep of the thumb or of a plectrum
2.  to play (chords, a tune, etc) in this way
[C18: probably of imitative origin; see thrum1]

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Word Origin & History

1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument.
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Example sentences
She may resist but if she does, he starts to actively strum the water surface with his legs.
Users can strum it, record with it and even send their compositions to others.
Hover your mouse over the strings, and you can strum this little instrument.
Instead, you pressed five colored buttons on the neck to simulate fretwork, and flicked a bar up and down to strum.
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