\ 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 The Bearcats, who have not lost since OSU thumped them 42-0 at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 7, rose three spots in the CFP rankings. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Why LSU deserves No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and why Ohio State needs help," 13 Nov. 2019 But Oregon State won too, thumping Arizona 56-38 in Tucson in the Wildcats’ homecoming game. oregonlive, "Before we can talk about Oregon making the CFP the Ducks have to beat ... Oregon State: Issues & Answers," 3 Nov. 2019 After all, England was not even expected to reach the final but thumped the All Blacks last weekend in what was viewed as one of the great World Cup performances. Celine Ramseyer And Matias Grez, CNN, "Rugby World Cup final predictions: Animal edition," 1 Nov. 2019 Hendrick was on hand to thump in a volley at the back post from Ashley Westwood’s corner, and his efforts were enough to land him maximum points at Turf Moor., "Fantasy Premier League: The 10 Players Who Scooped Man of the Match in Gameweek 8," 8 Oct. 2019 Josh VanMeter opened the ninth inning with a double and Freddy Galvis thumped a two-out single in his first at-bat with the Reds. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds lose their 3rd consecutive game as bats go quiet in loss to Washington Nationals," 14 Aug. 2019 Liverpool, who finished second in the division last time and won the Champions League, Europe’s top knockout competition, thumped Norwich 4-1 in the opening match of this campaign. M.j., The Economist, "Man City’s and Liverpool’s rivals have copied their transfer strategy," 10 Aug. 2019 The Rockies are nowhere near the same stratosphere as the Astros, a World Series frontrunner who thumped them, 14-3, for the two-game series sweep. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Astros obliterate Rockies to cap two-game series sweep as rookie Peter Lambert undergoes further growing pains," 7 Aug. 2019 Democratic candidates regularly thump him in general election polls., "Trump waves piece of paper to prove semi-imaginary agreement is real: Washington Post Opinion," 11 June 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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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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