thump

verb
\ 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

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 In addition to plexiglass screens, polling places across the region took measures to promote spacing and hygiene in the face of the ongoing pandemic, offering clean pens or swabs to thump the electronic voting screens. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Texas voters surpass total ballots cast during 2016 election with 1 day left of early voting," 30 Oct. 2020 The Norwegian will thump his chest and roar words of self-encouragement as he's introduced to the crowd on the start line -- psychological preparation for what lies ahead. George Ramsay, CNN, "After the season of his life, Karsten Warholm wants to win athletics' 'moon race'," 24 Oct. 2020 Swift ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries and the Lions got their best defensive effort of the season to thump the Jacksonville Jaguars, 34-16, at TIAA Bank Stadium. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Lions RB D'Andre Swift got redemption: 'One game means nothing'," 19 Oct. 2020 Their scaly bodies thump against me with an energy that’s ineffable and uplifting. James Prosek, National Geographic, "If you unbuild it, they will come—the fish, that is," 14 Aug. 2020 Just about all of our residential stucco is the traditional, three-coat stucco that people like to thump their chest over. Reuben Saltzman, Star Tribune, "Buying a stucco home? Heads up.," 11 Aug. 2020 Sirens and the thumping rotors of maize and blue Eurocopter 155 Survival Flight helicopters signaled the arrival of as many as 25 patients a day until April 8, when the number of Covid inpatients hit a peak of 229. Elliott Woods, Wired, "In One Hospital, Finding Humanity in an Inhuman Crisis," 19 Apr. 2020 So rather than avoiding his hostile ex Amanda (Freida Pinto), Jack gets stuck alongside her, while Dina is stranded next to Sidney (Tim Key), a thumping bore who is not Scottish but wears a kilt to allow for endless jokes about testicle discomfort. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Love Wedding Repeat': Film Review," 10 Apr. 2020 While the bursts of guitars and thumping synths are enough to keep my pulse going, the song's message of pushing through roadblocks and ‘running’ with your dreams always encourages me to finish my route. Christa Sgobba, SELF, "50 Best Workout Songs We Have on Repeat," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though technically released in December 2019, Kaytranada’s thump-resonant, dance floor radiant, synth-rich flurry of color and beats was the perfect reservoir of music to escape into this year. Wired Staff, Wired, "The Best Pop Culture That Got Us Through 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Not long ago, John Wright of Fairbanks heard a thump against a window above his deck. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the northern shrike, a rare carnivorous songbird," 5 Dec. 2020 The lively rhythms of the street follow the percussive beat of cumbia, the thump of reggaeton, the call to prayer. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 What did not sound good to me was the thump of Tom’s broomstick under my bed at 5 the next morning. Norman Strung, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: Tommy’s Fiddle," 3 Dec. 2020 The Ghost is also quiet inside but the occasional bump and thump still gets through. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Rolls-Royce's new Ghost: Still plenty posh, but more laid back," 1 Dec. 2020 An 81-year-old former Marine from suburban Chicago used his grandfather's antique Irish walking stick to chase off three burglars and deliver one a thump in the head for his trouble. Fox News, "Illinois man, 81, uses antique walking stick to beat thieves," 21 Nov. 2020 McIlroy played a wild round while watching Johnson thump line drives down the middle of the fairway. Star Tribune, "Diverse, crowded Masters leaderboard makes for an exciting weekend at Augusta," 13 Nov. 2020 The tailgate of the truck came down with a thump and two English setters stared back at us with equal calm and patience. Outdoor Life, "Upland Bird Hunting Is for Skaters, Punk-Rock Kids, and Everyone Else," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of thump was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Thump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thump. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for thump

thump

verb
How to pronounce thump (audio)

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 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

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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