from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To play (a stringed musical instrument) by stroking or brushing the strings: strum a banjo.
- transitive v. To play (music) on a stringed instrument in this way: strum chords on a guitar.
- intransitive v. To play a stringed instrument by strumming.
- n. The act or sound of strumming.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To play a guitar or other stringed instrument using various strings simultaneously.
- n. The sound made by playing various strings of a stringed instrument simultaneously.
- n. The act of strumming.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. To play on an instrument of music, or as on an instrument, in an unskillful or noisy way; to thrum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To play unskilfully, or in a vulgar, noisy manner, on a stringed musical instrument of the lute or harp kind, as a guitar, banjo, or zither, or (by extension) on a pianoforte; thrum.
- To play upon carelessly or unskilfully, as a stringed instrument; produce by rough manipulation of musical chords.
- To produce a specified effect upon by strumming on a musical instrument.
- n. A strumming; a careless or discordant performance on a stringed instrument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sound the strings of (a string instrument)
- n. sound of strumming
Perhaps imitative.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)