Today's Word of the Day means...
The short thick digit of the human hand, next to the index finger and opposable to each of the other four digits.
Expressions of approval and disapproval respectively: “The two critics disagreed about the movie; one gave it thumbs up, the other thumbs down.” In the gladiatorial contests of ancient Rome, a thumbs-up gesture from the crowd meant that the loser would live; thumbs down meant death.
A positive response; an affirmation; the NOD: We go, the answer is thumbs upRelated Terms
[1887+; the opposite of thumbs down]
A marijuana cigarette; joint (1960s+ Narcotics)verb
(also thumb a ride) To solicit rides along a highway by pointing with one's thumb in the direction one wishes to travel; hitchhike (1939+)Related Terms
[narcotics sense fr the fact that one sucks the cigarette as a baby does its thumb]