- 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.
- to strike or beat with something thick and heavy, so as to produce a dull sound; pound.
- (of an object) to strike against (something) heavily and noisily.
- Informal. to thrash severely.
- to strike, beat, or fall heavily, with a dull sound.
- to walk with heavy steps; pound.
- to palpitate or beat violently, as the heart.
Origin of thump
Examples from the Web for thumper
Historical Examples of thumper
By the bones of Prosodius, I expected a lie, but not such a thumper as that.Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories
Thumper, a magnificently constructed lie, a lie about which there is no stint of imaginative power.The Slang Dictionary
John Camden Hotten
Shut up like a rat-trap, and trotted off twist-ways, the "Thumper" did, huffed in 'is boozy old style.
The word coblyn has the double meaning of knocker or thumper and sprite or fiend; and may it not be the original of goblin?British Goblins
She did not want a "thumper," for Mimi would play as many waltzes and polkas as the company desired.
- 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
Word Origin for thump
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.
1550s, from thump (v.).