\ 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



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


The boat thumped against the side of the pier. thumped the desk with his hand as he delivered his speech


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

Dizzying, heart-thumping experiences like this one had been happening to her every few weeks for eight months. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 On Tuesday, Marriotts Ridge completed its third straight shutout to reach the 2A South region title game, thumping Glenelg, 10-0, in a game that wasn’t close from the onset. Kyle Mcfadden, Howard County Times, "Marriotts Ridge baseball shuts out Glenelg, advances to 2A South region final," 16 May 2018 The newspaper that once thumped on driveways like a thick phone book was getting lighter every day. Joe Mozingo,, "Visionaries and scoundrels made the Los Angeles Times, which returns to local ownership after 18 years," 17 June 2018 The trio of Kentucky basketball freshmen sat together Tuesday in Bud Walton Arena for a postgame press conference for the first time this season after the Wildcats thumped Arkansas 87-72. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Calipari finally hits on a lineup that gives Kentucky basketball a shot to win | Page," 21 Feb. 2018 Through a thumping mix of pop songs and ballads, the Fearleaders in their blue-and-orange outfits whirled around the floor. Nina Adam, WSJ, "Female Roller Derby Skaters Are Fearless—So Are Their Male Cheerleaders," 7 Dec. 2018 Worshippers sang songs from England, Germany, as well as a thumping hymn from the Lumka song book from South Africa. Fox News, "The Latest: Pope meetings with Korean Protestants in Geneva," 22 June 2018 Social media influencers bob their heads to the thumping bass. Jake Fischer,, "Marvin Bagley: 'I Still Think I Could Be the No. 1 Pick'," 20 June 2018 Apartment Therapy reports that Cuban fashion designer Fernando Garcia rented Villa Paula and would hear thumping sounds near the back door. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Miami's Most Haunted House Is for Sale for Nearly $5 Million," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Echo Sub to the mix, which will restore all the missing thump the Dot lacks. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: better looks, better sound, same price," 12 Oct. 2018 But then comes a thump that grows to a stomp, and T. rex roars in to break up the party. Mark Washburn, charlotteobserver, "The Dinosaur King in the Queen City? Charlotte kids might not believe the size of this experience | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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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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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 \
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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