Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instrument of torture for compressing the thumb; a thumbscrew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An instrument of torture for compressing the thumb; a thumbscrew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A thumb-screw, or set of thumb-screws; the torture by this instrument. See cut under thumb-screw.

Etymologies

thumb +‎ -kin (Wiktionary)

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  • Mmm. Sort of like that other cutesy-sounding word pilliwinks.

    January 16, 2009

  • A more creepy definition, from The Winston Dictionary: an instrument of torture formerly used to apply pressure to the thumbs of victims, as to extort a confession. Cf. thumbscrew

    January 16, 2009

  • "Thumbkin" conjures up creepy images for me. A thumb-headed guy in 19th-century garb. *shudder*

    Maybe it's just that palm civet coffee talking....

    March 5, 2007

  • Someone else named Thumbkin?

    March 5, 2007

  • Probably because someone named Thumbkin was lurking about.

    March 5, 2007

  • "Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?"
    "Here I am. Here I am."
    "How are you today sir?"
    "Very well I say sir."
    "Run away."
    "Run away."

    I never understood why they ran away.

    March 5, 2007