Synonyms of thumb in English:

thumb


See definition of thumb

noun

1

SYNONYMS
digit, first digit, opposable digit
technical pollex

verb

1‘as soon as she thumbed the button, the door slid open’

SYNONYMS
press, push, push down, depress, lean on

2‘the man thumbed through his notebook’

SYNONYMS
leaf, flick, flip, skim, browse, glance, look, riffle
read, scan, dip into, run one's eye over, have a look at
peruse

3‘thumb a lift’

SYNONYMS
hitch-hike, ask for, request, signal for
get, obtain
informal hitch, hitch a lift

Phrases

    all thumbs


    SYNONYMS

    clumsy, awkward, maladroit, inept, bungling, bumbling, incompetent, unskilful, heavy-handed, ungainly, inelegant, inexpert, graceless, ungraceful, gauche, unhandy, uncoordinated, gawky, cloddish, clodhopping

    British

    all fingers and thumbs

    informal

    butterfingered, cack-handed, ham-fisted, ham-handed

    ANTONYMS

    dexterous

    thumbs down

    ‘moves to demolish a historic former engine shed have been given the thumbs down’


    SYNONYMS

    rejection, refusal, veto, no, negation, rebuff, disapproval, turning down, turndown, non-acceptance, declining, dismissal, spurning, cold shoulder, cold-shouldering, snub, snubbing

    red light, knock-back, kick in the teeth, smack in the eye, smack in the face

    ANTONYMS

    approval, welcome, thumbs up

    thumbs up

    ‘staff gave our police officers a resounding thumbs up’


    SYNONYMS
    informal

    approval, seal of approval, approbation, endorsement, welcome, encouragement

    permission, liberty, authorization, consent, yes, leave, authority, sanction, ratification, licence, dispensation, nod, assent, acquiescence, agreement, blessing, imprimatur, rubber stamp, clearance, acceptance

    informal

    go-ahead, the OK, green light, say-so

    rare

    permit

    ANTONYMS

    rejection, thumbs down

    thumb one's nose at

    ‘she thumbed her nose at conventional notions of female beauty’


    SYNONYMS

    defy, go against, rebel against, flout, fly in the face of, disobey, refuse to obey, disregard, ignore, set one's face against, kick against

    break, violate, contravene, breach, infringe

    informal

    cock a snook at

    archaic

    set at naught