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Definition of thumping

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: impressively large, great, or excellent a thumping majority



Definition of thumping (Entry 2 of 2)

: very, extremely a thumping good time

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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 Results Friday confirmed that Johnson’s Conservative Party has won a thumping majority in Britain’s general election. Washington Post, "From punchline to political star: the rise of Boris Johnson," 13 Dec. 2019 What better way to combine a travel bucket list destination than with the thumping vibrations of soca music? Anquanette Gaspard, Essence, "7 Soca Filled Events That Should Be On Your Radar in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 After a disastrous first debate in June, when Harris delivered a thumping denunciation of his record on race, Biden appeared somewhat more sure-footed during a July debate in Detroit., "“I know the senator says she’s with Bernie — well, I’m for Barack,” Biden jabbed, attacking the cost of a single-payer program: “How are we going to pay for it?”," 13 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of thumping


1576, in the meaning defined above


1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thumping


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of thumping

chiefly British, informal : very large, great, etc.

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