- a blow with something thick and heavy, producing a dull sound; a heavy knock.
- the sound made by or as if by such a blow.
- to strike or beat with something thick and heavy, so as to produce a dull sound; pound.
- (of an object) to strike against (something) heavily and noisily.
- Informal. to thrash severely.
- to strike, beat, or fall heavily, with a dull sound.
- to walk with heavy steps; pound.
- to palpitate or beat violently, as the heart.
Origin of thump
Examples from the Web for thump
He picked up a large stick and lobbed it through the trees; it crashed through branches, and we heard it land with a thump.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot
July 9, 2013
Conservatives are far more eager to thump their chests about these things.Obama’s Missing Bravado
September 30, 2011
"Thump them," he answered, and presently went back to his post of observation.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Miss G. Lord, father, what a thump on the back to salute one with.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Thump--thump--thump--your heart slows up with disappointment.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
Leonard, whose side was sore enough from the thump, did not work.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
They landed with a thump which seemed to shake all life from two of them.The Bluff of the Hawk
- the sound of a heavy solid body hitting or pounding a comparatively soft surface
- a heavy blow with the handhe gave me a thump on the back
- (tr) to strike or beat heavily; pound
- (intr) to throb, beat, or pound violentlyhis heart thumped with excitement
Word Origin and History for thump
1530s, "to strike hard," probably imitative of the sound made by hitting with a heavy object (cf. East Frisian dump "a knock," Swedish dialectal dumpa "to make a noise"). Related: Thumped; thumping.
1550s, from thump (v.).