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  • adj. Having some specific type of thumb.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of thumb.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having thumbs.
  • adj. Soiled by handling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having thumbs, as distinguished from other digits.
  • Marked with thumb-marks: as, a thumbed book.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of pages) worn or soiled by thumb and fingers by frequent handling or turning


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  • He did not use it to chase his assailant away, but without a word thumbed off the safety and shot the would-be thief dead in the head.

    Welcome to the Green Zone

  • Probably many of these _incognita_ and _rarissima_ perished in the great fire of London; others again met their fate solely through their own popularity, being 'thumbed' to pieces.

    The Book-Hunter at Home

  • For example, the distributional tables outlining the impact of the GST were the most 'thumbed' part of the documentation, certainly by those Treasury officers answering phone queries.

    Peter Martin

  • Then he moved to crates that held the loose photos and thumbed through each one.

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  • I pulled it down and thumbed the light button but I couldn't see from my facemask to the gauge, all I saw is a lit up flecky-brownish mess in the blackness and a smeared turquoise square, too smeared to see what was necessary just like the turquoise pool in the desert.

    Rodeo Days

  • She went into her home office, thumbed through Science and Health, and began reading a section.

    The Sacred Promise

  • He handed her the papers, and she thumbed through them.

    Rogue Oracle

  • Gideon thumbed the button on the edge of the microphone.

    Gideon’s war

  • He thumbed the button, gratified when the arm of blue-white light appeared in front of him, illuminating Kate as she floated down to the same depth.

    Gideon’s war

  • She thumbed the large green button next to the winch, then hit the lever again.

    Gideon’s war


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  • Used to describe a coin that has been doctored in a specific way to cover marks, hairlines, or other disturbances. Often associated with silver dollars, but it is actually used on many issues, primarily business strikes. The thumb is rubbed lightly over the disturbances, and the oils in the skin help disguise the problems.

    April 22, 2008