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American English: /θəm/
British English: /θʌm/

Translation of thumb in Spanish:


  • to suck one's thumb to be all thumbs o (in British English also) all fingers and thumbsI'm all thumbs today
    hoy estoy muy torpe con las manos
    to be under somebody's thumb
    estar dominado por alguien
    to get the thumbs down from somebody
    ser rechazado por alguien
    to get the thumbs up from somebody
    recibir la aprobación de alguien
    to give the thumbs up/down to something
    aprobar/rechazar algo
    to have somebody under one's thumb
    tener a alguien metido en un puño
    to stick out like a sore thumb (building/person/object)
    desentonar terriblemente
    the error sticks out like a sore thumb
    el error salta a la vista
    to twiddle one's thumbs
    estar sin hacer nada
    estar perdiendo el tiempo
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transitive verb

  • 1.1I thumbed a lift o (in American English also) a ride home
    me fui a casa a dedo [colloquial]
    me fui a casa de aventón (Mexico)
    to thumb it [colloquial]
    hacer dedo [colloquial]
    echar dedo (Colombia) [colloquial]
    pedir aventón (Mexico)
    a well thumbed book
    un libro muy usado
    Example sentences
    • Anyway, I am thumbing through the friendster pages via a search for ‘Interests: Blading’ in hope of finding some blading kakis.
    • But who can deny perusing the headlines, even thumbing through the pages, of the occasional supermarket tabloid while waiting to ring up our groceries?
    • After thumbing through a few pages, I was hooked immediately.

Phrasal verbs

thumb through

verb + preposition + object
to thumb through the pages of a magazine
hojear una revista

Definition of thumb in:

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    Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
    (especially as a direction) very loud or loudly
    Cultural fact of the day


    A portero is a superintendent in an apartment building who looks after it, keeps it clean, delivers mail, and keeps an eye on comings and goings. Porteros often have an apartment in the building as part of their pay. The portero, and particularly the female portera, are part of popular culture. They have a reputation for being inquisitive and fond of gossip.