thumping

adjective
thump·​ing | \ˈthəm-piŋ \

Definition of thumping 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: impressively large, great, or excellent a thumping majority

thumping

adverb

Definition of thumping (Entry 2 of 2)

: very, extremely a thumping good time

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Other Words from thumping

Adjective

thumpingly adverb

Examples of thumping in a Sentence

Adjective

He told a thumping lie.

Adverb

That was a thumping great story she told. We had a thumping good time.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

For all the thumping energy, the music has a touch of stiff irony reminiscent of Shostakovich. New York Times, "Is ‘Mass’ Leonard Bernstein’s Best Work, or His Worst?," 13 July 2018 During a recent visit, one sound technician repeatedly played a scene featuring a flaming arrow shot seemingly over the audience's head, making sure the thumping impact sounds had just the right quiver. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "First look: Po kicks again at Universal Studios with 'Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest'," 25 May 2018 Beginning with Leslie Grace trilling along to the beat, the song switches between Korean and Spanish, and throws in a few English phrases for good measure, as the tune builds to the swaying titular refrain and a thumping dance break. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Super Junior Team Up With Leslie Grace for Latin-Tinged 'Lo Siento': Watch the Music Video," 12 Apr. 2018 Featuring an electronic, trap-like sound bed powered by lush synths and a thumping bass line, Mir -- in his melodic rap-sing flow -- brushes off people who claim to be his friend, but as his star continues to rise, turn out to be opportunists. Nerisha Penrose, Billboard, "Mir Fontane & Kodie Shane Keep Their Circles Tight in New Song 'New Friends': Premiere," 25 Jan. 2018 The thumping bass line cuts out abruptly and the soundtrack is replaced with the ratchet-like chorus of crickets. Evan Lubofsky, Smithsonian, "One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank," 23 Aug. 2017 The thumping bass line cuts out abruptly and the soundtrack is replaced with the ratchet-like chorus of crickets. Evan Lubofsky, Smithsonian, "One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank," 23 Aug. 2017 The credit for that largely goes to composer Michael Giacchino’s better-than-it-needs-to-be score—a freaky symphony of staccato woodwinds, plucky strings, and ominous thumping kettle drums—and Andy Serkis, who brings Caesar to life once again. Chris Nashawaty, PEOPLE.com, "War for the Planet of the Apes," 14 July 2017 Kevin Labadie’s circle-themed paintings are harder-edged and more ironic: One spacey set of rounds includes two small (and circular) speakers that provide a thumping soundtrack. – The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "10 places off the beaten path to see art in Washington, D.C.," 19 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of thumping

Adjective

1576, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thumping

Adjective

thumping, present participle of thump entry 1

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The first known use of thumping was in 1576

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thumping

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of thumping

: very large, great, etc.

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