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thumping

[thuhm-ping] /ˈθʌm pɪŋ/
adjective
1.
of, like, or pertaining to a thump.
2.
strikingly great, immense, exceptional, or impressive; resounding:
a thumping victory at the polls.
Origin of thumping
1570-1580
1570-80; thump + -ing2
Related forms
thumpingly, adverb

thump

[thuhmp] /θʌmp/
noun
1.
a blow with something thick and heavy, producing a dull sound; a heavy knock.
2.
the sound made by or as if by such a blow.
verb (used with object)
3.
to strike or beat with something thick and heavy, so as to produce a dull sound; pound.
4.
(of an object) to strike against (something) heavily and noisily.
5.
Informal. to thrash severely.
verb (used without object)
6.
to strike, beat, or fall heavily, with a dull sound.
7.
to walk with heavy steps; pound.
8.
to palpitate or beat violently, as the heart.
Origin
1530-40; imitative
Related forms
thumper, noun
unthumped, adjective
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Examples from the Web for thumping
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  • We heard "The Potter thumping his wet clay" and stopped and watched.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • And then she was wide awake and sitting up in bed, with a thumping heart.

    The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
  • Poor Kits heart was in his mouth; it seemed to him to be thumping like a sledge-hammer.

    Deering of Deal Latta Griswold
  • Her heart was thumping hard in her bosom as she came and went, but it was not with fear.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • And now suddenly her heartbeat began to quicken again until its thumping became tumultuous.

    The White Moll Frank L. Packard
British Dictionary definitions for thumping

thumping

/ˈθʌmpɪŋ/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) (slang) huge or excessive: a thumping loss
Derived Forms
thumpingly, adverb

thump

/θʌmp/
noun
1.
the sound of a heavy solid body hitting or pounding a comparatively soft surface
2.
a heavy blow with the hand: he gave me a thump on the back
verb
3.
(transitive) to strike or beat heavily; pound
4.
(intransitive) to throb, beat, or pound violently: his heart thumped with excitement
Derived Forms
thumper, noun
Word Origin
C16: related to Icelandic, Swedish dialect dumpa to thump; see thud, bump
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Contemporary definitions for thumping
adjective, adverb

We plan to have a thumping good vacation.

Word Origin

slang

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Word Origin and History for thumping
adj.

"exceptionally large," colloquial, 1570s, present participle adjective from thump (v.).

thump

v.

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.

n.

1550s, from thump (v.).

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

thumping

adjective

Especially great; also, large: thumping good time (1576+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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