Synonyms of thumb in English:

thumb


See definition of thumb

noun

1

SYNONYMS

opposable digit

technical pollex


verb

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

SYNONYMS

press, 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‘his dictionaries were thumbed and ink-stained’

SYNONYMS

make dog-eared, mark, soil, mess up, handle roughly, maul, paw

usually "thumbed"

4‘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 informal

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

      British informal

      all fingers and thumbs

      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

      informal

      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

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

      informal

      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

      informal, 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