thump

verb
\ ˈthəmp How to pronounce thump (audio) \
thumped; thumping; thumps

Definition of thump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to strike or beat with or as if with something thick or heavy so as to cause a dull sound
2 : pound, knock
3 : whip, thrash
4 : to produce (music) mechanically or in a mechanical manner usually used with out thumped out a tune on the piano

intransitive verb

1a : to inflict a thump
b : to make or move with a thumping sound
2 : to make a vigorous endorsement got a couple of … senators to thump for himThe New York Herald Tribune

thump

noun

Definition of thump (Entry 2 of 2)

: a blow or knock with or as if with something blunt or heavy also : the sound made by such a blow

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Other Words from thump

Verb

thumper noun

Examples of thump in a Sentence

Verb The boat thumped against the side of the pier. thumped the desk with his hand as he delivered his speech Noun The ball landed with a thump. gave her boyfriend a thump against the side of his head whenever he said something obnoxious
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With Xbass engaged, the StormBox Pro delivered bass thump the bigger speaker couldn't match. Brad Moon, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 All the while, club music continued to thump from inside the building. Dallas News, 30 Jan. 2021 In addition to plexiglass screens, polling places across the region took measures to promote spacing and hygiene in the face of the ongoing pandemic, offering clean pens or swabs to thump the electronic voting screens. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, 30 Oct. 2020 The Norwegian will thump his chest and roar words of self-encouragement as he's introduced to the crowd on the start line -- psychological preparation for what lies ahead. George Ramsay, CNN, 24 Oct. 2020 Swift ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and the Lions got their best defensive effort of the season to thump the Jacksonville Jaguars, 34-16, at TIAA Bank Stadium. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2020 Their scaly bodies thump against me with an energy that’s ineffable and uplifting. James Prosek, National Geographic, 14 Aug. 2020 Just about all of our residential stucco is the traditional, three-coat stucco that people like to thump their chest over. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, 11 Aug. 2020 Sirens and the thumping rotors of maize and blue Eurocopter 155 Survival Flight helicopters signaled the arrival of as many as 25 patients a day until April 8, when the number of Covid inpatients hit a peak of 229. Elliott Woods, Wired, 19 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At King’s Boxing Gym on 35th Avenue in Oakland, co-owner Celeste King sat in her office Friday, listening to the steady thump of gloves punching Everlast bags. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 June 2021 And most of it with a fist pump, chest thump or a leap into the air. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021 The thump of music pulsates again from the city’s nightclubs, and some of its raucous bars have reopened. New York Times, 2 June 2021 For instance, Thompson said understanding the importance of go-go music in the District helped officers better handle an outcry that arose in 2019 after a resident new to Shaw complained about the loud thump of the music on a street corner. Washington Post, 29 May 2021 The thump of fist to punching bag reverberates around the inside of Nugent’s garage. Luca Evans, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2021 On April 16, Redding heard a thump in the bathroom her brother used. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2021 Solano responds in kind by amplifying the reggaeton track’s dembow riddim before gradually slowing things down to pivot to the hypnotic thump of Saweetie’s addictive hit. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 4 May 2021 The score, by his friend Gerald Fried, intersperses snippets of Johann Strauss’s bright but tense Künstlerleben waltz with frightful silences and the hiss and thump of snare and bass drums. Andrew Delbanco, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of thump

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thump

Verb

imitative

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“Thump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thump. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for thump

thump

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit or beat something or someone and make a loud, deep sound
: to beat forcefully
: to walk or run with loud, heavy steps

thump

noun

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

: a loud, deep sound made especially when a heavy object hits something
: an act of hitting someone or something

thump

verb
\ ˈthəmp How to pronounce thump (audio) \
thumped; thumping

Kids Definition of thump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to strike or beat with something thick or heavy so as to cause a dull sound
2 : to beat hard : pound

thump

noun

Kids Definition of thump (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a blow with something blunt or heavy
2 : the sound made by or as if by a blow with something blunt or heavy

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