- 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 slumping
Mae represents our collective spirit, pre-broken and slumping at attention.Is Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’ Our Generation’s ‘1984’?
October 2, 2013
Demand from abroad is falling, as exports showed signs of slumping in September.Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve Is Boring Again
December 12, 2012
The Greek people, it turns out, have had it with austerity and slumping growth.Chaos Over New Elections Deepens Fear of a Greece Chain Reaction
May 16, 2012
Did an angry Newt Gingrich triumph over a slumping Mitt Romney?Daily Beast Contributors Weigh in on CNN South Carolina Debate
January 20, 2012
Matthew Yglesias on why the left is slumping—and how to lift its spirits.Obama's Depressed Liberal Base
July 25, 2010
"I guess that's definite, then," Rolf said, slumping a little in disappointment.The Happy Unfortunate
"She's got it," Mallory groaned, slumping from the heights again.Excuse Me!
"You wush right," he said, slumping against the back of the chair.Death Makes A Mistake
“And see the porch hammocks,” called Bess, “slumping” into one.The Motor Girls on the Coast
“So am I,” said Nancy, slumping limply into the depths of her red velour chair.Outside Inn
Ethel M. Kelley
- 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 slumping
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."