thrummer

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

thrummer, noun
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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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