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Pronunciation: /θʌm/

Translation of thumb in Spanish:


  • pulgar (masculine), dedo (masculine) gordo [colloquial/familiar] to suck one's thumb chuparse el dedo to be all thumbs o (in British English also/en inglés británico también) all fingers and thumbs I'm all thumbs today hoy estoy muy torpe con las manos to be under sb's thumb estar* dominado por algn to get the thumbs down from sb ser* rechazado por algn to get the thumbs up from sb recibir la aprobación de algn to give the thumbs up/down to sth aprobar*/rechazar* algo to have sb under one's thumb tener* a algn metido en un puño to stick out like a sore thumb [building/person/object] desentonar terriblemente, no pegar* ni con cola [colloquial/familiar] 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/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1I thumbed a lift o (in American English also/en inglés norteamericano también) a ride home me fui a casa a dedo [colloquial/familiar], me fui a casa de aventón (Mexico/México) to thumb it [colloquial/familiar] hacer* dedo [colloquial/familiar], hacer* autostop, echar dedo (Colombia) [colloquial/familiar], pedir* aventón (Mexico/México) , pedir* cola (Venezuela) , pedir* raid (Central America/América Central) 1.2 [book] hojear a well thumbed book un libro muy usado

Phrasal verbs

thumb through

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
hojear to thumb through the pages of a magazine hojear una revista

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