- 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 thumped
Getting off the elevator at the fourth floor, he thumped across the antiseptic hallway.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
That's a losing argument--I mean, it is precisely the argument that just got thumped in the election.Obama's Statement: Setting the Terms of Debate
November 9, 2012
Once upon a time, the world quaked when people like Rice and McCain thumped their chests.The Wars Condoleezza Rice & John McCain Left Out of Their RNC Speeches
August 30, 2012
Incumbent President Thein Sein sat and watched the band stage-side, while a crowd danced and thumped behind gun-toting soldiers.Burma’s First Girl Band Pushes Boundaries
April 5, 2012
Listen to what Santorum said after he thumped Romney last week in Missouri.Mitt Romney’s Problem With Conservatives: He’s Not Selling What They Want
February 13, 2012
And as he spoke he thumped his fist against the open log book.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
My father was as meek, and pious, and humble a Christian as ever thumped a pulpit.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
Job, without, thumped and scratched and howled louder than ever.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
Daniel thumped the side of his stall and then subsided for another nap.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Soapy pretended to weep, and Abe thumped him heavily on the back.The Golden Woman
- 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 thumped
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.).