from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Music To play (a stringed instrument) idly or monotonously: thrummed a guitar.
- transitive v. To speak, repeat, or recite in a monotonous tone of voice; drone.
- intransitive v. Music To strum idly on a stringed instrument.
- intransitive v. To speak in a monotonous tone of voice; drone.
- n. A thrumming sound.
- n. The fringe of warp threads left on a loom after the cloth has been cut off.
- n. One of these threads.
- n. A loose end, fringe, or tuft of thread.
- n. Nautical Short bits of rope yarn inserted into canvas to roughen the surface.
- transitive v. To cover or trim with thrums; fringe.
- transitive v. Nautical To sew thrums in (canvas).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thrumming sound
- n. The fringe of threads of warp left after cloth has been cut off of a loom
- n. Any short piece of yarn or rope
- v. To cause a steady rhythmic vibration, usually by plucking.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the ends of weaver's threads; hence, any soft, short threads or tufts resembling these.
- n. Any coarse yarn; an unraveled strand of rope.
- n. A threadlike part of a flower; a stamen.
- n. A shove out of place; a small displacement or fault along a seam.
- n. A mat made of canvas and tufts of yarn.
- transitive v. To furnish with thrums; to insert tufts in; to fringe.
- transitive v. To insert short pieces of rope-yarn or spun yarn in.
- intransitive v. To play rudely or monotonously on a stringed instrument with the fingers; to strum.
- intransitive v. Hence, to make a monotonous drumming noise.
- transitive v. To play, as a stringed instrument, in a rude or monotonous manner.
- transitive v. Hence, to drum on; to strike in a monotonous manner; to thrum the table.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being thrumeyed.
- n. The fringe of threads which remains attached to a loom when the web has been cut off; also, one of such threads.
- n. Hence Any loose thread, or a mass or tuft of loose filamentous material.
- n. A tuft, or a collection of tufts; a fringe or tassel.
- n. pl. Naut., short bits of rope-yarn used for sewing on mats.
- n. plural Coarse yarn; waste yarn.
- n. A ragged rocky headland swept by the sea. Also thrum-cap.
- Made of thrums, or waste yarn: as, a thrum cap or hat.
- To make of or cover with thrums, or appendages resembling thrums.
- To thatch.
- To play with the fingers on a stringed instrument in an idle, listless, monotonous, or unskilful manner; strum.
- To drum or tap idly on something with the fingers.
- To play idly or unskilfully on (some stringed instrument) with the fingers; sound by fingering in a listless or monotonous manner.
- To drum or tap idly on.
- n. A monotonous sound, as from the careless or unskilful fingering of a guitar or harp.
- n. A troop.
- n. A heap.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thrumming sound
- v. sound with a monotonous hum
- v. sound the strings of (a string instrument)
- v. make a rhythmic sound
Middle English, from Old English -thrum, ligament (of the tongue) (in tungethrum, ligament of the tongue).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to Old Norse þrömr, edge, brim (Danish tromme), German Trumm. Cognate to Albanian thrumbe ("kind of shrub"). (Wiktionary)