(noun, verb)


1. the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb

Similar word(s): pollex

Definition categories: body, finger

2. the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb

Definition categories: man–made, covering

3. a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse

Similar word(s): ovolo

Definition categories: man–made, molding, moulding


1. travel by getting free rides from motorists

Similar word(s): hitch, hitchhike

Definition categories: motion, ride

2. look through a book or other written material

- He thumbed through the report

Similar word(s): flick, flip, leaf, riff, riffle

Definition categories: perception, peruse

3. feel or handle with the fingers

Similar word(s): finger

Definition categories: contact, touch

Sentences with thumb as a verb:

- to thumb the touch-hole of a cannon

- I thumbed through the book and decided not to bother reading it all.

- So I started thumbin' back east, toward my hometown.