thump

verb
\ ˈthəmp \
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

England have also thumped Croatia in their two most recent encounters, winning 4-1 away, courtesy of a Theo Walcott hat-trick, and 5-1 at home, during which Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard netted braces, in a pair of 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Jamie Spencer, Pro Soccer USA, "World Cup preview Croatia vs England: Head to Head, Team News, Prediction & More," 11 July 2018 After a few films full of all-you-can-eat chest-thumping, Reed’s movie is a necessary digestif, all the joys of a Marvel movie shrunk down into a quick caper that cuts through the post-Infinity War fog. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Ant-Man and the Wasp and the Importance of Small Stories in Big Universes," 5 July 2018 For the vast majority of the American population not close enough to Swift’s thumping heart to garner an invitation, ogling her guests, their matching bathing suits, and their nearly identical figures became part of the national holiday. refinery29.com, "What It Means If Taylor Swift Skips Another Fourth Of July Party," 3 July 2018 On April 8th Mr Orban’s party was re-elected with a thumping majority. The Economist, "After decades of triumph, democracy is losing ground," 14 June 2018 Bush himself later expressed regret over his chest-thumping rhetoric, and today, Trump’s critics were swift to drive home the comparison. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Trump Declares 'Mission Accomplished' In Syria, And Critics Remember Iraq," 14 Apr. 2018 First lesson: At dawn at camp, all but submerged in my sleeping bag, a pine cone thumped me in the head. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "At summer campsite, cute squirrels can go rogue," 9 July 2018 If shopping gets your heart thumping, Pangaea Outpost has an eclectic array of jewelry, clothing and knickknacks from indie merchants. Dorothy O'donnell, latimes.com, "On a weekend escape to Pacific Beach, you can party on the boardwalk and chill on the bay," 5 July 2018 A year ago, the Nittany Lions put a 45-14 thumping on the Hoosiers, who fell behind 28-0 in the first quarter. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Ranking the 5 biggest games on Indiana's 2018 football schedule," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Transportation officials recommend explaining sounds — engines throttling up for takeoff, the thump of landing gear, the roar of reverse thrusters after touchdown — and that occasional patches of bumpy air are no cause for concern. Kay Manning, chicagotribune.com, "Considering having a child fly solo? Here's what to know," 29 June 2018 There is some potential for a thump of accumulating wet snow between about 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, which could disrupt Saturday evening and, perhaps, some Sunday morning activities. Wes Junker And Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "The likelihood of wintry weather Saturday night has increased," 14 Feb. 2018 The soundtrack of the WWE Performance Center is the thump of human bodies against canvas mats, like a timpani drum being smacked with a shovel. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Million Dollar Moves: After His Unlikely Baseball Career Flamed Out, Rinku Singh's Next Stop Is WWE," 3 July 2018 Earlier this year, Clarke and Bell released World Beyond, a rework of their acclaimed 2017 LP World Be Gone for a chamber orchestra, which brings out the beauty of the songs in the way the duo's tried and true electro thump sometimes overshadows. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Erasure Looks Back on R&B-Influenced Synthpop Classic 'The Innocents' on Its 30th Anniversary," 24 May 2018 Those flicks and thumps hit from a position near the net are weapons in the men’s game today, especially here. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "On Wimbledon’s Grass, Volleys Still Make a Difference," 9 July 2018 Busch returned the thump, and NASCAR, whose product has suffered on 1.5-mile tracks like Chicagoland, had a Sunday in the sun. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Hembree: Kyle Larson continues to prove he's a serious NASCAR title contender," 2 July 2018 Jake Lamb could return from the disabled list – perhaps as soon as this week – and provide some left-handed thump. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks’ skid reaches five as Nationals finish sweep," 13 May 2018 The water covered its front windows now and, with each thump, crept higher up their legs. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018

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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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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 \
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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