a hole into which a thumb can be inserted, as to provide a grip.

1855–60; thumb + hole Unabridged
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1. the hole in a woodwind that is closed and opened with the thumb 
2. a finger hole made to fit the thumb (as in a bowling ball) 
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Example sentences
We had difficult getting her thumb into the thumbhole and the whole mitten kept slipping off.
The blade shall have a thumbhole through the blade for ease in opening.
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