- to drop or fall heavily; collapse: Suddenly she slumped to the floor.
- to assume a slouching, bowed, or bent position or posture: Stand up straight and don't slump!
- to decrease or fall suddenly and markedly, as prices or the market.
- to decline or deteriorate, as health, business, quality, or efficiency.
- to sink into a bog, muddy place, etc., or through ice or snow.
- to sink heavily, as the spirits.
- an act or instance of slumping.
- a decrease, decline, or deterioration.
- a period of decline or deterioration.
- any mild recession in the economy as a whole or in a particular industry.
- a period during which a person performs slowly, inefficiently, or ineffectively, especially a period during which an athlete or team fails to play or score as well as usual.
- a slouching, bowed, or bent position or posture, especially of the shoulders.
- a landslide or rockslide.
- the vertical subsidence of freshly mixed concrete that is a measure of consistency and stiffness.
- New England Cookery. a dessert made with cooked fruit, especially apples or berries, topped with a thick layer of biscuit dough or crumbs.
Origin of slump
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Examples from the Web for slump
But if Pixar's going to slump, it's comforting that Disney is back to its old tricks.‘Frozen’ Is the Best Disney Film Since ‘The Lion King’
November 25, 2013
Keynes famously said that ‘the boom, not the slump, is the time for austerity.’Austerity’s Scottish Ghosts Haunt the Modern Economic Mind
May 12, 2013
Of course, Dell, even after it slump, remains a large company, with a market value of about $20 billion.Struggling PC Maker Dell Might Be Candidate for Private-Equity Buyout
January 14, 2013
To play Elsa, she gained weight and walked in a slump in order to inhabit the character.‘A Certain Age’—Shirley MacLaine Rattles Downton Abbey
December 27, 2012
Jade asked Strong if she was ever at a loss for ideas and if so, how she might wrest herself from a slump.Camp Fashion Design Draws Budding Designers To New York
July 13, 2012
He'd heard these rumours about a slump, and he's fifty years old at that.
Others not less popular had to do with the reasons for the slump.
There was no weak fiber that would let her slump before this emergency.Rim o' the World
B. M. Bower
If a slump of any kind comes, he will be without a prop to lean on.The Spoilers of the Valley
The slump was still in evidence and the work was light until Thursday.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
- to sink or fall heavily and suddenly
- to relax ungracefully
- (of business activity, etc) to decline suddenly; collapse
- (of health, interest, etc) to deteriorate or decline suddenly or markedly
- (of soil or rock) to slip down a slope, esp a cliff, usually with a rotational movement
- a sudden or marked decline or failure, as in progress or achievement; collapse
- a decline in commercial activity, prices, etc
- economics another word for depression
- the act of slumping
- a slipping of earth or rock; landslide
- the Slump another name for the Depression
Word Origin and History for slump
1670s, "fall or sink into a muddy place," probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian and Danish slumpe "fall upon," Swedish slumpa; perhaps ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Slumped; slumping.
The word "slump," or "slumped," has too coarse a sound to be used by a lady. [Eliza Leslie, "Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book," Philadelphia, 1839]
Economic sense from 1888.
"act of slumping, slumping movement," 1850; "heavy decline in prices on the stock exchange," 1888, from slump (v.). Generalized by 1922 to "sharp decline in trade or business."