Synonyms of thumb in English:

thumb


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See Spanish definition of pulgar

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

    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
    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 up

    ‘staff gave our police officers a resounding thumbs up’


    SYNONYMS
    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

    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