slump

1 of 2

verb

slumped; slumping; slumps

intransitive verb

1
a
: to fall or sink suddenly
b
: to drop or slide down suddenly : collapse
2
: to assume a drooping posture or carriage : slouch
3
: to go into a slump
sales slumped

slump

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: a marked or sustained decline especially in economic activity or prices
b
: a period of poor or losing play by a team or individual
2
: a downward slide of a mass of rock or land

Examples of slump in a Sentence

Verb She fainted and slumped to the floor. Exhausted, he slumped down into the chair. His shoulders slumped forward in disappointment. Real estate prices slumped during the recession. Noun The economy's been in a slump since last year. They've been in a slump ever since they traded their best player. He's in a batting slump.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Nearly every player in the furniture business is slumping, largely because the great engine of sales — new home purchases — has stalled. David Segal, New York Times, 8 June 2024 Despite the stock halting in trading because of volatility, its price still slumped, in part impacted by the company’s early reporting of its quarterly results on Friday. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 7 June 2024
Noun
Bodied watch on prime video Bottoms Year: 2023 Runtime: 1h 31m Director: Emma Seligman The writer/director of Shiva Baby avoided the sophomore slump with a film that feels completely different. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 11 June 2024 As for the idea his shortstop play was a cause of his recent slump? Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for slump 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

probably imitative

First Known Use

Verb

circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of slump was circa 1677

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Cite this Entry

“Slump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slump. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

slump

1 of 2 verb
1
: to drop or slide down suddenly : collapse
2
: to assume a stooped posture : slouch
3
: to fall off sharply

slump

2 of 2 noun
: a marked or continued reduction especially in economic activity or prices

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