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

Even in beef-eating, chest-thumping America, more than seven million people are vegetarians, according to a 2008 study by the Vegetarian Times. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Defense of the Vegan Hot Dog," 4 July 2018 Get our daily newsletter These productions diverge strikingly from the Manichean tone of many blockbusters made during the conflict, especially those from the tub-thumping Reagan era (Mr le Carré was always a subtle exception). The Economist, "The death of the archetypal Russian villain," 28 June 2018 Croatia were already through to the last 16 and coach Zlatko Dalic rested most of the side that thumped Argentina 3-0, with only captain Luka Modric and the winger Perisic keeping their places. Peter Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss," 26 June 2018 The deadlock wasn’t broken until halfway through the second half when Jairzinho thumped the ball past Banks from close range, the goal made by a delightful turn and pass from Pelé. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 3 Days to Go - What if Gordon Banks Hadn’t Fallen Ill Before the Quarter Final?," 11 June 2018 The New Orleans Saints guard witnessed the Eagles thump the Vikings far off the beaten path at his friend's house on a couch in Kentucky. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Saints' Larry Warford caught off guard by last-minute Pro Bowl invite," 25 Jan. 2018 Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party’s left-wing leader, was quick to thump the tub. The Economist, "Donald Trump is greeted by protests across Britain," 13 July 2018 Superhero Lenny had at his disposal super subwoofers booming out thumping bass. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "Review: The Hollywood Bowl turns up the heat for Leonard Bernstein celebration — sometimes too high," 11 July 2018 The Huskies hardly entered in dire straits, but they were swept in a doubleheader Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, the combination of a 6-5 heartbreaker and a 10-1 thumping ending their bid to win a sixth consecutive conference series. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn Baseball Restores Calm To Season With 'Exhale Win'," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, 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

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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

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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