[bahy-buh l-thuhm-per]

noun Informal.

an evangelist or other person who quotes the Bible frequently, especially as a means of exhortation or rebuke.

Origin of Bible-thumper

First recorded in 1920–25
Related formsBi·ble-thump·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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slang an enthusiastic or aggressive exponent of the BibleAlso called: Bible-basher, Bible-pounder, Bible-puncher
Derived FormsBible-thumping, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for bible-thumping



"strict Christian," by 1843.

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