\ 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

That outpaced inflation, but mainly because petrol prices slumped in 2014. The Economist, "Worker shortages could heal America’s economy," 12 July 2018 Excerpts of the Facebook Live video show the victim with his mouth taped shut slumped in a corner as at least two assailants cut off his sweatshirt and others taunt him off camera. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man sentenced for hate crime in live-streamed beating of mentally disabled teen," 6 July 2018 But on May 8, nine days into the campaign in Mexico’s Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, his body was found slumped in his parked van. New York Times, "Criminal Groups Seek to Decide Outcome in Many Mexican Races," 1 July 2018 Within an hour, two videos circulated on social media showing Onfroy slumped in the driver's seat of his $150,000-plus sports car while bystanders and then BSO deputies checked his pulse. Monique O. Madan, Alex Harris, Carli Teproff And Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead outside South Florida motorcycle shop," 19 June 2018 The KBW Nasdaq Bank Index of large commercial lenders slumped 3.9% Friday and shed 8.3% this week, its largest weekly decline since January 2016. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Bank Shares Resume Slide as Growth Fears Spook Investors," 22 Mar. 2019 After all, Lowrie was slumping when player ballots were due, hitting .143 in 12 games and 1-for-24 in six games leading to the mid-June voting window. John Shea,, "Yes, A’s Jed Lowrie is an All Star, but player voting needs fixing," 10 July 2018 Her steps are shaky; her shoulders slump and her eyes barely seem open., "'Lady Day' tells Billie Holiday's story in richly layered, unforgettable show," 4 June 2018 In notes to investors on Thursday, both Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan analysts said Apple’s iPhone sales are slumping and could have been below the Street’s expectations during the last quarter. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Is Apple's iPhone X a Disappointment or Not?," 21 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Season one was hugely lauded by both critics and Emmy voters, and its second season deftly evaded the sophomore slump label, winning roughly similar levels of praise and awards. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why the era of Peak TV is the era of the disappointing second season," 1 Aug. 2018 But Harper’s slump also resonates throughout the game at large. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Is 2018 really all about Russia?," 18 July 2018 Latest Business News That may seem odd considering that the industry just emerged from a three-year slump. Houston Chronicle, "Competition for top talent keeps pay scale high in oil industry," 13 July 2018 Goodrum, who entered the game on a 3-for-34 slump, had a pair of singles and a double against Happ. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers snap 11-game losing streak with win over Blue Jays," 1 July 2018 Adding another entry to his yearlong slump, Spieth struggled to a 3-over 75 Thursday in the opening round of the Masters and was a whopping nine shots off the lead. Paul Newberry, The Seattle Times, "Masters: What’s wrong with Jordan Spieth?," 11 Apr. 2019 Furkan Korkmaz snapped out of his shooting slump, adding 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers beat Suns in summer league in first Zhaire Smith-Mikal Bridges matchup," 13 July 2018 Then, Jones put a halt to his lengthy early summer slump, hitting the game-winning home run to left field. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers rally again, take down Twins, 3-1, to win series," 14 June 2018 Aside from his minor slump, he was seen frolicking around with his little sister and bonding with his seven-year-old cousin, Savannah Phillips, Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly's daughter. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Comforted Prince George at a Polo Match and It Was So Sweet," 11 June 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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