\ 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

Antonyms: Noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And it’s just so easy to slump over your computer while working or watching videos. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Improve Your Posture Because We’re Pretty Much All Guilty of Slouching," 4 Jan. 2021 The oil price may spike or slump in reaction to a geopolitical wobble; bond yields may leap on strong jobs figures; and shareholders may pump up a stock that posted juicy profits. The Economist, "What explains investors’ enthusiasm for risky assets?," 16 Dec. 2020 Some investors fear that stock and other asset prices will slump if interest rates eventually rise. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "The biggest risks and opportunities for investors in 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Because the story of Cook’s year, from contract extension through team slump through individual brilliance, is confounding. Star Tribune, "NFL running backs like Vikings' Dalvin Cook live one carry at a time," 28 Nov. 2020 As the team’s top returning scorer, Williams is hoping to shed her sophomore slump and make the crucial junior-year jump to becoming the player many envisioned. Alexa Philippou,, "Introducing the 2020-21 UConn women’s basketball team: Full roster, what to know," 21 Nov. 2020 Still, the pandemic and a lack of overseas viewers saw overall central city sales slump by a third in the period. Olivia Konotey-ahulu,, "Wealthy French Snap Up London Luxury Homes as Chinese Step Back," 19 Oct. 2020 Lenders earning the biggest loan-sale margins also could have more to lose when spreads between mortgages and Treasuries narrow, or when volumes slump, notes KBW’s Mr. George. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Mortgage Lender IPOs Are Booming. Which Are the Best Buys?," 16 Oct. 2020 Results would slump enough in the ensuing three years for Lynch to be let go, and replaced by Kevin Wilson. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Former IU players revel in Indiana football's glorious season," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sophomore had broken out of an early-season slump and scored 16.6 point in the three-game winning streak including a season-high 24 against Ole Miss. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama routs Florida on historic night in Tuscaloosa," 6 Jan. 2021 Worst of all, his 2020 performance looks less like an extended slump than the final stage of a three-year decline. New York Times, "This Eagles’ No-Win Quarterback Predicament Isn’t Like the Last One," 9 Dec. 2020 While non plug-in hybrids aren’t subject to the same sort of generous subsidies meted out to electric vehicles in China, Europe and California, their appeal has been rising after a multiyear slump. River Davis,, "Hybrids Are Quietly Selling Faster Than Fully Electric Cars," 7 Dec. 2020 In July, Hegar said the coronavirus pandemic and an oil slump likely would erase a $2.9 billion surplus expected for the current two-year budget cycle, producing instead a $4.6 billion revenue shortfall. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Texas’ financial picture brightens, though lawmakers warned they’ll face tough budget in 2021," 30 Nov. 2020 Geovanni Franco, who snapped an 0-for-89 slump at Del Mar with a win Saturday, won two more races Sunday with Roses and Candy ($8) in the third race and Derby Quest ($27) in the ninth. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Business blooming at Del Mar fall meet," 22 Nov. 2020 And in 2016, Hinch had to help Alex Bregman — the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft — through a 1-for-32 slump to begin his big league career. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' AJ Hinch pumped about Spencer Torkelson, Riley Greene: 'Those are dudes'," 13 Nov. 2020 Walker came in in a 5-for-35 slump from 3-point land, and went 4 for 11 Thursday. Tim Reynolds, Star Tribune, "Comeback Heat do it again, rally past Celtics for 2-0 lead," 18 Sep. 2020 But, months into the pandemic, Airbnb pivoted to marketing close-to-home stays and was able to get its business back on track, despite an ongoing slump in the travel industry. NBC News, "DoorDash and Airbnb cap off a record year for IPOs," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of slump was circa 1677

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15 Jan 2021

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“Slump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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