Definition of thumbsucker in English:



derogatory, informal
  • A serious piece of journalism which concentrates on the background and interpretation of events rather than on the news or action.

    ‘the New York Times offered us a thoughtful thumbsucker on ‘The Psychology of Oil Pricing’’
    • ‘A trivial swing of a hundred thousand votes in half a dozen states and you'd be writing pretentious thumbsuckers about how cultural issues were losing their ability to attract votes for Republicans.’
    • ‘The piece is less of a thumbsucker than it sounds.’
    • ‘I'm not here to do a thumbsucker on this show, because I'm tired & it's all been said before.’
    • ‘Of course, at this point, writing about Bush's credibility problems is almost a thumbsucker, isn't it?’
    • ‘Contrast how Helen Thomas thinks to Elizabeth Bumiller's pathetic thumbsucker in Izvestia on the Hudson.’
    • ‘I just read a Christian Science Monitor thumbsucker about the identity of the next Pope.’
    • ‘Write a thumbsucker about whether we ever sent people into Cambodia!’
    • ‘Anne Gerhart has a real thumbsucker trying to ‘puzzle out’ the logic of the crime.’