verb (used without object)
- slump test,
- slung shot,
Origin of slump
Examples from the Web for slumping
Mae represents our collective spirit, pre-broken and slumping at attention.Is Dave Eggers’ ‘The Circle’ Our Generation’s ‘1984’?|Stefan Beck|October 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Demand from abroad is falling, as exports showed signs of slumping in September.
The Greek people, it turns out, have had it with austerity and slumping growth.Chaos Over New Elections Deepens Fear of a Greece Chain Reaction|Zachary Karabell|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Did an angry Newt Gingrich triumph over a slumping Mitt Romney?
Matthew Yglesias on why the left is slumping—and how to lift its spirits.
Were you able to determine a reaction on that slumping movement, as to whether it was the first, the second, or the third shot?Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Down the slope we all ran together, slumping and sprawling full length in the soft snow!Happy Days for Boys and Girls|Various
She heard a thud that made her ears ring, and suddenly Wolf Paw was slumping to the rutted trail in front of her.Shaman|Robert Shea
He took some papers from his pocket and laughed excitedly, slumping down in the chair.As Long As You Wish|John O'Keefe
"She's got it," Mallory groaned, slumping from the heights again.Excuse Me!|Rupert Hughes
Word Origin for slump
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."