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

Translation of thumb in Spanish:


  • to suck one's thumb to be all thumbs or (British 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
    no pegar ni con cola [colloquial]
    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
    green 1 1

transitive verb

  • 1I thumbed a lift or (US 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)
    pedir cola (Venezuela)
    pedir raid (Central America)
  • 2
    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
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