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thump

[thuhmp]
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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to strike or beat with something thick and heavy, so as to produce a dull sound; pound.
  2. (of an object) to strike against (something) heavily and noisily.
  3. Informal. to thrash severely.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to strike, beat, or fall heavily, with a dull sound.
  2. to walk with heavy steps; pound.
  3. to palpitate or beat violently, as the heart.
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Origin of thump

First recorded in 1530–40; imitative
Related formsthump·er, nounun·thumped, adjective
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Related Words for thump

thud, sound, blow, stump, pound, bop, smack, knock, beat, drub, punch, throb, bang, wallop, strike, thwack, whack, ding, whop

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Historical Examples of thump

  • "Thump them," he answered, and presently went back to his post of observation.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Miss G. Lord, father, what a thump on the back to salute one with.

  • Thump--thump--thump--your heart slows up with disappointment.

    The Forest

    Stewart Edward White

  • Leonard, whose side was sore enough from the thump, did not work.

  • They landed with a thump which seemed to shake all life from two of them.

    The Bluff of the Hawk

    Anthony Gilmore


British Dictionary definitions for thump

thump

noun
  1. the sound of a heavy solid body hitting or pounding a comparatively soft surface
  2. a heavy blow with the handhe gave me a thump on the back
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verb
  1. (tr) to strike or beat heavily; pound
  2. (intr) to throb, beat, or pound violentlyhis heart thumped with excitement
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Derived Formsthumper, noun

Word Origin for thump

C16: related to Icelandic, Swedish dialect dumpa to thump; see thud, bump
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.

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n.

1550s, from thump (v.).

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