\ ˈsləmp How to pronounce slump (audio) \
slumped; slumping; slumps

Definition of slump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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



Definition of slump (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for slump

Synonyms: Noun

depression, recession

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of slump in a Sentence


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.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Saturday was his 12th start in the past 15 games in place of the slumping Myers, and Margot has a .365 on-base percentage in that stretch. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Braves score three in 10th to beat Padres again," 13 July 2019 In 2014, as American oil flowed freely, OPEC declined to curb output, hoping that slumping prices would teach gung-ho American oilmen a lesson. The Economist, "OPEC’s predictable deal cannot hide its giant problems," 4 July 2019 Michael Chavis emerged as one of the premier rookie pickups of the season shortly after his promotion from Triple-A Pawtucket, adding some serious punch to a previously slumping Boston lineup. Michael Shapiro,, "Slumping Michael Chavis Leads This Week's Fantasy Baseball Droppables," 13 June 2019 But The Drop serves as one more sign that Amazon is intent on capturing more of the global clothing market, right as traditional brick-and-mortar retailers like Kohl’s, J.C. Penney, and Nordstrom are reporting slumping sales. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Amazon's Quest to Be Fashionable Continues," 8 June 2019 Exporters of tequila, the key ingredient in margaritas, are as worried as anyone about possible slumping revenues and job losses, particularly if tariffs were to reach the 25% ceiling laid out by Trump. Washington Post, "Mexico’s tequila exporters warily eye US tariffs deadline," 7 June 2019 The Rockies could have used another bat in August and September last year, but to be fair, the same players who are delivering now are some of the very players who slumped at key times last season. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies Mailbag: What’s really wrong with Kyle Freeland? MLB trade deadline, team sports psychologist and more," 4 June 2019 Apple’s market value has collapsed by 30% since its last report in November, when the company first gave signs that its iPhone business was slumping. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple Can’t Just Phone It In," 27 Jan. 2019 But this was mid-October: Pickup trucks throttled past on the main drag, hauling hay and firewood for a winter that would slump down from Canada any day. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The most encouraging performance of the night for the Giants belonged to Posey, who broke out of an extended slump with three hits to the opposite field including a RBI double in the bottom of the third that was initially called a home run. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Giants check off each box on Bochy’s wish list in final game of first half," 28 June 2019 The skid coincided with a slump for Goldschmidt, who posted a .744 OPS. Andy Mccullough,, "Paul Goldschmidt’s struggles mirror those of the Cardinals," 22 June 2019 Joanne Hill, chief adviser for research and strategy at asset manager Cboe Vest Financial, which manages options strategies, said one risk of options selling is if the sale of a bearish contract coincides with a deep slump in the shares. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "This Options Bet Helps Tame Markets, but There Are Risks," 11 Feb. 2019 Faced with a similar slump, some hitters might lock themselves in a room and watch video until their eyes glaze over. Scott Lauber,, "Rhys Hoskins busts slump, powers Phillies to win over Nationals," 5 May 2018 The rampage spurred a fast-moving push to boycott companies associated with the National Rifle Association and the firearms industry, which was already dealing with a slump in sales after the election of President Trump. New York Times, "Vista, Maker of Ammunition and Recreation Gear, Plans to Sell Off Gun-Making Unit," 1 May 2018 Stanton dealt with prolonged slumps at times while with the Marlins, may be showing signs of finding a groove at the plate, hitting 6 for his past 17 with a double and a triple. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton says there's 'no bad blood' with Marlins' CEO Derek Jeter | Miami Herald," 16 Apr. 2018 Taking their toll were season-ending injuries to lineup mainstays Drew LaBounty and Colton Thomas, along with slumps by Donovan and Wells Davis and an inability to find a consistent third weekend starting pitcher. Creg Stephenson,, "South Alabama baseball heads to Georgia State for 3-game series," 23 Mar. 2018 His goal of a fifth Most Valuable Player award died with the Cleveland Cavaliers' slump early this year. Bill Livingston,, "LeBron James will not 'shut up and dribble' -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 17 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of slump


circa 1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slump


probably imitative

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English Language Learners Definition of slump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to sit or fall down suddenly and heavily
: to move down or forward suddenly
: to decrease suddenly and by a large amount



English Language Learners Definition of slump (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sudden decrease in prices, value, amount, etc.
: a period of time when an economy is doing poorly
US, sports : a period of time when a team or player is doing poorly


\ ˈsləmp How to pronounce slump (audio) \
slumped; slumping

Kids Definition of slump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to drop or slide down suddenly : collapse The tired woman slumped into a chair.
2 : slouch entry 2 Don't slump when you walk.
3 : to drop sharply Sales slumped.



Kids Definition of slump (Entry 2 of 2)

: a big or continued drop especially in prices, business, or performance

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