\ 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
4 : to produce (music) mechanically or in a mechanical manner usually used with outthumped 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



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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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 Sel has the look of a slick Scottsdale lounge, an intimate room done in crystal and purple velour with a gently thumping soundtrack. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Bar are the places to go for thumping music and boisterous parties. Kareena Gianani, National Geographic, "Explore Cambodia’s ancient stone city," 10 Sep. 2019 After an opening day thumping of Chelsea, Solskjaer's side have drawn with Wolves and Southampton away, which sandwiched a shock home defeat to Wan-Bissaka's former side., "Aaron Wan-Bissaka Injury Revealed After Man Utd Defender Pulls Out of England Squad," 5 Sep. 2019 But two days after the overwhelming primary election thumping for conservative President Mauricio Macri sent the Argentine peso into a tailspin, not a single customer walked through the door Tuesday. Washington Post, "Uncertainty puts Argentine business owners on defensive," 13 Aug. 2019 Patrons young and old danced to thumping music that drowned out the chatter in the room. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio residents shop for bargains during sales tax holiday," 10 Aug. 2019 Now, general managers and executives would prefer hoarding prospects and thumping their chest for being on the cover of Baseball America, rather than trading away a prospect who turns into an All-Star, no matter the instant reward. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "10 biggest questions for the MLB trade deadline," 10 July 2019 The exceptions were a fourth-inning double from Puig, a scorching line drive that thumped the top of the center-field wall, a few feet shy of another homer. Bobby Nightengale,, "Home runs cost Cincinnati Reds in loss to Cleveland Indians, snaps 3-game winning streak," 5 July 2019 Avery Seaton scored four touchdowns as the Class 5A, No. 8-ranked Mustangs thumped the visiting Patriots 44-16 tonight at Bill Washington Stadium in Huntsville. Daniel Boyette, al, "Avery Seaton’s 4 TDs lead Madison Academy past Brewer," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Myers’ latent power is his best trait, but that’s less valuable in a San Diego lineup loaded with plenty of thump. Michael Shapiro,, "Wil Myers is the Odd Man Out in San Diego and Fantasy Leagues," 27 June 2019 Almost as if to compensate, Rivers and Brees brought some thump afterward, in comments to reporters a football field apart. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Rivers, Brees get in their hits during interviews," 15 Aug. 2019 Toronto can shop Justin Smoak to teams looking for thump at first base. Jon Tayler,, "Buy, Sell or Hold: What Every MLB Club Should Do at the Trade Deadline," 20 June 2019 Holding it down from behind an austere kit, tom and snare were her main weapons of choice, her kick used primarily for thump and bump. Kevin Williams,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: What we loved and what we could do without on day 3," 21 July 2019 Tunisia, on the other hand, have been less impressive, but did thump Madagascar 3-0 in the quarter finals., "Senegal vs Tunisia Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 12 July 2019 Her counsel continues to chest thump in the apparent absence of a client. Fox News, "Jennifer Dulos' estranged husband seeks to halt divorce, says her absence deprives his due process," 2 July 2019 The American model predicted that the storm would be displaced about 50 miles farther eastward — shifting the big thump of snow away from the city proper. Jeff Halverson, Washington Post, "Why weather forecasters still struggle to get the big storms right," 6 Apr. 2018 The team at Mizuguchi's new studio Enhance Games has taken great care to choreograph each song to this trance vibration feature, which means this is far more than a predictable 4-4 thump or a carbon copy of the subwoofer channel. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Lumines Remastered turns the Nintendo Switch into a full-body vibration party," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of thump


1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1552, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of thump was in 1548

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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



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


\ 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



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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