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slump

[sluhmp] /slʌmp/
verb (used without object)
1.
to drop or fall heavily; collapse:
Suddenly she slumped to the floor.
2.
to assume a slouching, bowed, or bent position or posture:
Stand up straight and don't slump!
3.
to decrease or fall suddenly and markedly, as prices or the market.
4.
to decline or deteriorate, as health, business, quality, or efficiency.
5.
to sink into a bog, muddy place, etc., or through ice or snow.
6.
to sink heavily, as the spirits.
noun
7.
an act or instance of slumping.
8.
a decrease, decline, or deterioration.
9.
a period of decline or deterioration.
10.
any mild recession in the economy as a whole or in a particular industry.
11.
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.
12.
a slouching, bowed, or bent position or posture, especially of the shoulders.
13.
a landslide or rockslide.
14.
the vertical subsidence of freshly mixed concrete that is a measure of consistency and stiffness.
15.
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
1670-1680
1670-80; orig., to sink into a bog or mud; perhaps imitative (cf. plump2)
Related forms
unslumped, adjective
unslumping, adjective
Synonyms
8. lapse, reverse, setback.
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Examples from the Web for slumped
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  • The driver was on the opposite side from Tom, and Monty was slumped against the door.

    Sabotage in Space Carey Rockwell
  • Then for the first time Johnnie relaxed, and slumped into the morris chair.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • I tried to spot Darryl on the way back, but he could have been any of the five or six slumped people.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • She twisted from him and slumped limply against a broken wall.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • Turning about sharply, he saw Mary Louise slumped in her seat, unconscious from the blow.

British Dictionary definitions for slumped

slump

/slʌmp/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to sink or fall heavily and suddenly
2.
to relax ungracefully
3.
(of business activity, etc) to decline suddenly; collapse
4.
(of health, interest, etc) to deteriorate or decline suddenly or markedly
5.
(of soil or rock) to slip down a slope, esp a cliff, usually with a rotational movement
noun
6.
a sudden or marked decline or failure, as in progress or achievement; collapse
7.
a decline in commercial activity, prices, etc
8.
(economics) another word for depression
9.
the act of slumping
10.
a slipping of earth or rock; landslide
Word Origin
C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Low German slump bog, Norwegian slumpa to fall

Slump

/slʌmp/
noun
1.
the Slump, another name for the Depression
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Word Origin and History for slumped

slump

v.

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.

n.

"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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slumped

slump

noun

  1. A sudden decline or collapse, esp of economic value or activity: The stock market is in a dangerous slump (1888+)
  2. A period of bad performance: The whole team's in a hitting slump (1895+ Baseball)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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