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A human thumb

English

Etymology

From Old English þūma, from Proto-Germanic, from Proto-Indo-European *tūmon- (thick finger), from Proto-Indo-European *tū- (swell) (compare Latin tumere). Cognate with Dutch duim, German Daumen.

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Noun

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thumb

Plural
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thumb ({{{1}}})
  1. The short thick digit of the hand that for humans has the most mobility and can be made to oppose (moved to touch) all of the other fingers.
  2. (computing) The part of a slider that may be moved linearly along the slider.
  3. (colloquial) (Abbreviation of) thumbnail (picture).

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Verb

Infinitive
to thumb

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

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-

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-

to thumb (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To touch with the thumb.
  2. (transitive) To turn the pages of (a book) in order to read it cursorily.
    I thumbed through the book and decided not to bother reading it all.

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