- To play (a stringed musical instrument) by stroking or brushing the strings: strum a banjo. (verb-transitive)
- To play (music) on a stringed instrument in this way: strum chords on a guitar. (verb-transitive)
- To play a stringed instrument by strumming. (verb-intransitive)
- The act or sound of strumming. (noun)
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