[ thuhmp ]
/ θʌmp /


a blow with something thick and heavy, producing a dull sound; a heavy knock.
the sound made by or as if by such a blow.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of thump

First recorded in 1530–40; imitative

Related forms

thump·er, nounun·thumped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for thump

British Dictionary definitions for thump


/ (θʌmp) /


the sound of a heavy solid body hitting or pounding a comparatively soft surface
a heavy blow with the handhe gave me a thump on the back


(tr) to strike or beat heavily; pound
(intr) to throb, beat, or pound violentlyhis heart thumped with excitement

Derived Forms

thumper, noun

Word Origin for thump

C16: related to Icelandic, Swedish dialect dumpa to thump; see thud, bump
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