Etymology
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strum (v.)

1775, possibly imitative of the sound of running the fingers across the strings of a musical instrument. Related: Strummed; strumming. As a noun from 1793.

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Definitions of strum
1
strum (v.)
sound the strings of (a stringed instrument);
strum a guitar
Synonyms: thrum
2
strum (n.)
sound of strumming;
the strum of a guitar
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