\ 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



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

Other Words from thump


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb From the beanbag chair the man could hear the little suitcases thump heavily down the stairs. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 22 Aug. 2022 English country lanes are a notoriously tough test, yet with the shocks on their second-softest setting, the car didn’t bump or thump once. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 9 Aug. 2022 The awfulness of what took place in Uvalde must continue to thump around inside the minds of everyone, the unspeakable images of atrocity inflicted upon innocents hurting and haunting anybody, everybody with a heart. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 But to have him at Fenway Park caused his heart to thump, left him smiling ear to ear and brought tears to his eyes. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 29 May 2022 The dual-clutch gearbox lacked smarts in Drive and tended to thump when shifting under bigger accelerator inputs. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 5 May 2022 Throughout its eight-game winning streak in The Game, Ohio State football summoned its most controlled and explosive performance to thump its rival and move on to the postseason. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 27 Nov. 2021 In the 54th minute, Nkosi Tafari was able to thump in an equalizer for FCD. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2021 The host Wildcats unveiled their new pro set offense with a bang to thump Louisiana Monroe 45-10. Mark Heim |, al, 11 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jones’ drumming style blends thump, swing and pepper. Matt Wake |, al, 26 Aug. 2022 The thump of a bird hitting a window is an awful sound. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Aug. 2022 But what was that sudden thump, and those low, faint, whispering sounds? Joshua Ferris, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 The first day of full pads arrived at Grand Park on Tuesday with a thump. The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2022 The optional adaptive dampers smooth out rough roads with only the occasional thump from Michigan's almost-sinkholes reverberating through the chassis. David Beard, Car and Driver, 4 May 2022 But after the rocket engine then quits firing, and the cabin immediately shifts into zero gravity, there is a jolting thump as the crew capsule separates from the rocket. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 3 May 2022 Rafaela started to show surprising thump down the stretch last year in Single A Salem, hitting .266/.306/.484 with nine homers in his last 63 games, then erupted at two levels this year. Globe Staff,, 6 July 2022 Between acts, DJs blasted music that gave the festival a constant thump that resonated like a heartbeat. Joshua Burrell, Chicago Tribune, 3 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for thump


\ 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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