from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tack with a smooth, rounded head that can be pressed into place with the thumb.
  • transitive v. To affix with a thumbtack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small nail-like tack with a slightly rounded head that can be pressed into place with light pressure from the thumb; used for hanging light articles on a wall or noticeboard
  • v. To fix or attach something with a thumbtack.

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

  • v. fasten with thumbtacks
  • n. a tack for attaching papers to a bulletin board or drawing board


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • "thumbtack" icon shows the last spot they registered online before disappearing a few days ago while traveling waters off the coast of East Africa.

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  • If you're less hook-enthused and have soft walls, you can simply stick a thumbtack in the wall and use this as your cord holder.

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  • But I noticed a little thumbtack hole on the top, so I assume it was pinned somewhere in the hut where Hill was found.

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  • She noticed a tiny hole near the top, the perforation a pushpin or thumbtack would make?

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  • 'Every day a different two or three films; sometimes one single long movie, sometimes trilogies, but a calendar's worth - the kind you thumbtack to your wall - of old movies.


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  • Now there's just thumbtack holes and a few pieces of tape still stuck to his walls, and that's it.

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