- to drop or fall heavily; collapse: Suddenly she slumped to the floor.
- to assume a slouching, bowed, or bent position or posture: Stand up straight and don't slump!
- to decrease or fall suddenly and markedly, as prices or the market.
- to decline or deteriorate, as health, business, quality, or efficiency.
- to sink into a bog, muddy place, etc., or through ice or snow.
- to sink heavily, as the spirits.
- an act or instance of slumping.
- a decrease, decline, or deterioration.
- a period of decline or deterioration.
- any mild recession in the economy as a whole or in a particular industry.
- a period during which a person performs slowly, inefficiently, or ineffectively, especially a period during which an athlete or team fails to play or score as well as usual.
- a slouching, bowed, or bent position or posture, especially of the shoulders.
- a landslide or rockslide.
- the vertical subsidence of freshly mixed concrete that is a measure of consistency and stiffness.
- New England Cookery. a dessert made with cooked fruit, especially apples or berries, topped with a thick layer of biscuit dough or crumbs.
Origin of slump
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Examples from the Web for slumped
He then slumped to the floor, to the amazement of his audience, having departed this plane of earthly existence.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
She slumped as their 18 year-old son, Eric Jr., escorted her up to the open coffin.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
Then, the infamous “47 percent” video hits, and we cut to Romney slumped in a chair, holding his head in his hands.Inside ‘Mitt,’ Netflix’s All-Access Mitt Romney Documentary
January 17, 2014
Its stock has slumped over the past year, off by nearly one third.Is America Out of Ideas?
August 27, 2013
Many of those left behind lay sprawled motionless on blankets or slumped limply in their folding chairs.Black American Leadership Alliance D.C. Anti-Immigration Rally Wilts
July 16, 2013
Jim got the first glimpse, and slumped down on the locker sick.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A man in the stern of the dinghy groaned, and slumped down into the bottom.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
They both sighed deeply and slumped over on the ground to rest.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
There was a muffled crack and he slumped to the platform grating.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
"Eleven-C," said Beardsley, and slumped into the pneumo-chair.We're Friends, Now
- 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
- the Slump another name for the Depression
Word Origin and History for slumped
1670s, "fall or sink into a muddy place," probably from a Scandinavian source, cf. Norwegian and Danish slumpe "fall upon," Swedish slumpa; perhaps ultimately of imitative origin. Related: Slumped; slumping.
The word "slump," or "slumped," has too coarse a sound to be used by a lady. [Eliza Leslie, "Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book," Philadelphia, 1839]
Economic sense from 1888.
"act of slumping, slumping movement," 1850; "heavy decline in prices on the stock exchange," 1888, from slump (v.). Generalized by 1922 to "sharp decline in trade or business."