strummer

strum

1 [struhm]
verb (used with object), strummed, strumming.
1.
to play on (a stringed musical instrument) by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
2.
to produce (notes, a melody, etc.) by such playing: to strum a tune.
verb (used without object), strummed, strumming.
3.
to play on a stringed musical instrument by running the fingers lightly across the strings.
noun
4.
the act of strumming.
5.
the sound produced by strumming.

Origin:
1765–75; perhaps blend of string and thrum1

strummer, noun
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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]
 
'strummer
 
n

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strum
1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument.
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