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thrum1

[thruhm] /θrʌm/
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
1545-1555
1545-55; imitative
Related forms
thrummer, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for thrummer

thrum1

/θrʌm/
verb thrums, thrumming, thrummed
1.
to strum rhythmically but without expression on (a musical instrument)
2.
(intransitive) to drum incessantly: rain thrummed on the roof
3.
to repeat (something) monotonously
noun
4.
a repetitive strumming or recitation
Derived Forms
thrummer, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin

thrum2

/θrʌm/
noun
1.
  1. any of the unwoven ends of warp thread remaining on the loom when the web has been removed
  2. such ends of thread collectively
2.
a fringe or tassel of short unwoven threads
verb thrums, thrumming, thrummed
3.
(transitive) to trim with thrums
Word Origin
C14: from Old English; related to Old High German drum remnant, Dutch dreum
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Word Origin and History for thrummer

thrum

v.

"play a stringed instrument," 1590s, from the noun (1550s), of imitative origin. Related: Thrummed; thrumming.

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