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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
That could weigh on global growth, which the IMF forecast in October would slump to 2.7% this year, down from 3.2% in 2022. Anna Cooban, CNN, 20 Jan. 2023 After some misses, Pegula would sigh, roll her eyes, slump her shoulders. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Jan. 2023 Before this century, with swollen Colorado River reservoirs that looked more likely to spill over their dams than to slump below the intakes, Imperial irrigated without firm limits. Brandon Loomis, AZCentral.com, 20 Nov. 2022 Porsche, also part of the Volkswagen (VLKAF) group, saw its sales slump by 73%. Anna Cooban, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 Economists had generally expected growth to slump to a rate between 2.7% and 3.3% for 2022. Laura He, CNN, 2 Jan. 2023 The Chinese economy’s wider malaise has also caused the copper price to slump, while at the same time Maike suffered the result of growing caution among banks toward the commodity sector in China. Jack Farchy, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2022 The tightening of Fed policy has caused financial markets to slump and led many economists to warn of a potential recession next year. Arkansas Online, 17 June 2022 Everyone began to suddenly slump into a deep depressive state and fall behind in their work. Jonathan Wolfe, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022
Noun
The prediction comes after a difficult few months for the tech industry that has been marked by layoffs and a slump in demand for consumer tech following a pandemic boom. Jon Porter, The Verge, 25 Jan. 2023 Despite the current slump in PC sales, most of AMD’s announcements focused on PCs - both desktop and notebooks. Kevin Krewell, Forbes, 23 Jan. 2023 The bank will lay off up to 3,200 workers this month amid a slump in global dealmaking activity. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 21 Jan. 2023 And while the Cowboys shook out of a recent slump in the wild-card round, the 49ers' defense is elite at every level and should give the Cowboys fits. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2023 The December drop was due to a slump in multifamily projects. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2023 In line with the slump in the crypto market, demand for virtual real estate has cooled off, leaving landowners looking for new ways to profit from their investments. WIRED, 18 Jan. 2023 Americans are consuming more eggs as an alternative to meats while the industry has seen a slump in production due to bird (avian) flu. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Jan. 2023 Prices of new homes in Texas have cooled in recent months, a report by HomesUSA indicates, amid a slump in the market prompted by higher mortgage rates and the preceding rise in prices. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2023 See More

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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 9 Feb. 2023.

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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