thrummed

thrum

1 [thruhm]
verb (used without object), thrummed, thrumming.
1.
to play on a stringed instrument, as a guitar, by plucking the strings, especially in an idle, monotonous, or unskillful manner; strum.
2.
to sound when thrummed on, as a guitar or similar stringed instrument.
3.
to drum or tap idly with the fingers.
verb (used with object), thrummed, thrumming.
4.
to play (a stringed instrument, or a melody on it) by plucking the strings, especially in an idle, monotonous, or unskillful manner; strum.
5.
to drum or tap idly on.
6.
to recite or tell in a monotonous way.
noun
7.
an act or sound of thrumming; dull, monotonous sound.

Origin:
1545–55; imitative

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thrum

2 [thruhm]
noun
1.
one of the ends of the warp threads in a loom, left unwoven and remaining attached to the loom when the web is cut off.
2.
thrums, the row or fringe of such threads.
3.
any short piece of waste thread or yarn; tuft, tassel, or fringe of threads, as at the edge of a piece of cloth.
4.
Often, thrums. Nautical. short bits of rope yarn used for making mats.
verb (used with object), thrummed, thrumming.
5.
Nautical. to insert short pieces of rope yarn through (canvas) and thus give it a rough surface, as for wrapping about a part to prevent chafing.
6.
to furnish or cover with thrums, ends of thread, or tufts.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English throm end-piece, Old English -thrum, in tungethrum ligament of the tongue, cognate with Old High German drum end-piece; akin to Old Norse thrǫmr brim, edge, Latin terminus, Greek térma end

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thrum1 (θrʌm)
 
vb , thrums, thrumming, thrummed
1.  to strum rhythmically but without expression on (a musical instrument)
2.  (intr) to drum incessantly: rain thrummed on the roof
3.  to repeat (something) monotonously
 
n
4.  a repetitive strumming or recitation
 
[C16: of imitative origin]
 
'thrummer1
 
n

thrum2 (θrʌm)
 
n
1.  a.  any of the unwoven ends of warp thread remaining on the loom when the web has been removed
 b.  such ends of thread collectively
2.  a fringe or tassel of short unwoven threads
 
vb , thrums, thrumming, thrummed
3.  (tr) to trim with thrums
 
[C14: from Old English; related to Old High German drum remnant, Dutch dreum]

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thrum
"play a stringed instrument," 1592, from the noun (1553), of imitative origin.
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