US: /ˈθəm/
UK: /θˈʌm/

English Vietnamese dictionary

thumb /θʌm/
  • danh từ
    • ngón tay cái
    • ngón tay cái của găng tay
    • to be under someone's thumb
      • bị ai thống trị, bị ai kiềm chế; ở dưới quyền ai
    • to bite one's thumb at somebody
      • lêu lêu chế nhạo ai
    • his fingers are all thumbs
      • nó vụng về hậu đậu
    • thumbs down
      • dấu ra hiệu từ chối (không tán thành)
    • thumbs up
      • dấu ra hiệu đồng ý (tán thành)
  • ngoại động từ
    • dở qua (trang sách)
      • to thumb the pages of a book: dở qua trang sách
    • vận dụng vụng về, điều khiển vụng về
      • to thumb the piano: đánh pianô vụng về
    • to thumb one's nose at someone
      • (thông tục) để ngón tay cái lên mũi để chế nhạo ai, lêu lêu ai; nhạo ai, miệt thị ai

Advanced English dictionary

noun, verb
+ noun
1 the short thick finger at the side of the hand, slightly apart from the other four: She still sucks her thumb when she's worried.
See also - GREEN THUMB
2 the part of a glove that covers the thumb: There's a hole in the thumb.
Idioms: be all (fingers and) thumbs to be awkward with your hands so that you drop things or are unable to do sth
thumbs up / down used to show that sth has been accepted/rejected or that it is/is not a success: Their proposals were given the thumbs down. + It looks like it's thumbs up for their latest album.
under sb's thumb (of a person) completely controlled by sb: She's got him under her thumb.
more at RULE n., SORE adj., TWIDDLE v.
+ verb
1 to make a signal with your thumb to passing drivers to ask them to stop and take you somewhere: [V, +adv./prep.] He had thumbed all across Europe. + [VN] We managed to thumb a lift / ride with a truck driver.
2 [VN] [often +adv./prep.] to touch or move sth with your thumb: She thumbed off the safety catch of her pistol.
Idioms: thumb your nose at sb/sth to make a rude sign with your thumb on your nose; to show that you have no respect for sb/sth: The company just thumbs its nose at the legislation on pollution.
Phrasal Verbs: thumb through sth to turn the pages of a book quickly in order to get a general idea of what is in it: I was thumbing through my address book to see who we could invite.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 Technical pollex.
2 all thumbs. awkward, clumsy, maladroit, Colloq butter-fingered, ham-fisted, cack-handed:
I am all thumbs when it comes to threading needles.
3 give (something) the thumbs down or turn thumbs down (on). disapprove (of), reject, rebuff, turn down:
We turned thumbs down to the idea of a picnic.
4 turn or give thumbs up (to). approve (of), accept, welcome, Colloq OK or okay:
The boss gave thumbs up to our request for a Christmas party.
5 under (one's) thumb. under (one's) control, wrapped (a)round (one's) little finger, in the palm of (one's) hand, eating out of (one's hand), at (one's) beck and call:
She has the directors under her thumb.
6 hitchhike, Colloq hitch, US hook a ride:
They thumbed their way across the country.
7 Often, thumb through. leaf (through), flick or flip (through), riffle (through), skim (through), browse (through):
I was thumbing through City Life and came across your picture, Bernard!
8 thumb (one's) nose at. scoff at, deride, jeer at, mock, dismiss, scorn, flout, be contemptuous of, show contempt for, exhibit defiance for, be defiant of, contemn, Brit cock a snook at:
He has thumbed his nose at authority all his life.

Collocation dictionary


suck | flick, jab, jerk
‘What'll we do with them?’ he asked, jerking his thumb at the suitca
| raise, stick out
He smiled and raised a thumb in greeting. I stuck out a thumb and a car stopped immediately.
| twiddle
(often figurative) I sat there twiddling my thumbs until the manager finally appeared.




between finger and thumb/between thumb and forefinger
I picked up the beetlecarefully between finger andthumb.
| thumbs up
He made athumbs-up sign through thewindow to tell us everything wasfine.

Concise English dictionary

+the thick short innermost digit of the forelimb
+the part of a glove that provides a covering for the thumb
+a convex molding having a cross section in the form of a quarter of a circle or of an ellipse
+travel by getting free rides from motorists
+look through a book or other written material
+feel or handle with the fingers