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  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 thumped

bang, beat, blow, clout, clump, fall, flutter, hammer, hit, knock, poke, pound, pulse, rap, slap, smack, strike, throb, thwack, wallop

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Contemporary Examples of thumped

Historical Examples of thumped

  • And as he spoke he thumped his fist against the open log book.

  • My father was as meek, and pious, and humble a Christian as ever thumped a pulpit.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Job, without, thumped and scratched and howled louder than ever.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Daniel thumped the side of his stall and then subsided for another nap.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • Soapy pretended to weep, and Abe thumped him heavily on the back.

    The Golden Woman

    Ridgwell Cullum

British Dictionary definitions for thumped


  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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  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
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Word Origin and History for thumped



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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1550s, from thump (v.).

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