verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. slumdweller,
  2. slumgullion,
  3. slumism,
  4. slumlord,
  5. slummy,
  6. slump test,
  7. slumpflation,
  8. slung,
  9. slung shot,
  10. slunk

Origin of slump

1670–80; orig., to sink into a bog or mud; perhaps imitative (cf. plump2)

Related formsun·slumped, adjectiveun·slump·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slump


verb (intr)

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

Word Origin for slump

C17: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Low German slump bog, Norwegian slumpa to fall



the Slump another name for the Depression
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Word Origin and History for slump
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