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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.

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.

  1. Informal. to thrash severely.

verb (used without object)
  1. to strike, beat, or fall heavily, with a dull sound.

  2. to walk with heavy steps; pound.

  1. to palpitate or beat violently, as the heart.

Origin of thump

First recorded in 1530–40; imitative

Other words from thump

  • thumper, noun
  • un·thumped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use thump in a sentence

  • “Always a-preaching, the old tub-thumper,” I heard William say to himself; but he made no further reference to the subject.

    In the Wrong Paradise | Andrew Lang
  • Now it would have been better for the plans of Old Jed Thumper if he had kept them to himself instead of speaking aloud.

    Mrs. Peter Rabbit | Thornton W. Burgess
  • He started at once for the bit of swamp where he had first seen the tracks of Old Jed Thumper.

    Mrs. Peter Rabbit | Thornton W. Burgess
  • Days and days had passed since he had seen Old Jed Thumper, and this had given him time to eat and sleep.

    Mrs. Peter Rabbit | Thornton W. Burgess

British Dictionary definitions for thump


/ (θʌmp) /

  1. the sound of a heavy solid body hitting or pounding a comparatively soft surface

  2. a heavy blow with the hand: he gave me a thump on the back

  1. (tr) to strike or beat heavily; pound

  2. (intr) to throb, beat, or pound violently: his heart thumped with excitement

Origin of thump

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

Derived forms of thump

  • thumper, noun

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