\ 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
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



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


thumper noun

Examples of thump in a Sentence


The boat thumped against the side of the pier. thumped the desk with his hand as he delivered his speech


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

Alabama beat Clemson in a classic 2015 final, then thumped the Tigers in the 2017 semifinals on the way to another title. Aaron Beard,, "Dominant Clemson, Alabama sit atop college football throne," 1 Aug. 2019 Why do cats thump their leg on the door or other flat surface? Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Here’s why cats hate belly rubs so much," 11 June 2019 Not exactly the kind of tub-thumping in which Elizabeth Warren might engage. Lionel Laurent, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Apple, Facebook and Google have lost the monopoly argument," 7 June 2019 The Orioles have a right to do some chest-thumping after drafting Rutschman, who is a fantastic prospect and — hopefully — the face of a truly transformative moment in team history. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: Will this draft be the one to take the Orioles to the promised land?," 6 June 2019 The Diamondbacks were thumped on Tuesday night, losing 9-0 in a game in which the Dodgers seemed to be in complete control from the beginning. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Same old blues: Diamondbacks still can't solve Dodgers puzzle," 5 June 2019 The charges do not say whether Damond was the woman who thumped or slapped the police car. Anna Beahm,, "Calhoun County schools delay opening Wednesday," 20 Mar. 2018 Stillness and glitter have become another Wang trait that Adams uses in a resplendent, slow central section that heats up to a thumping rhythmic finale. Los Angeles Times, "Review: With Yuja Wang and John Adams, the ‘Devil’ is in the details," 26 July 2019 But Republicans ended up passing the legislation in question in a subsequent special session, and Davis ended up getting thumped by Abbott in the 2014 governor's race. Tom Benning Sara Coello, Dallas News, "Texas Democrat Wendy Davis announces congressional bid in political comeback," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Echo Sub to the mix, which will restore all the missing thump the Dot lacks. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Amazon Echo Dot (3rd gen) review: better looks, better sound, same price," 12 Oct. 2018 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,, "Considering having a child fly solo? Here's what to know," 29 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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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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