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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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Examples from the Web for thumper

Historical Examples

  • By the bones of Prosodius, I expected a lie, but not such a thumper as that.

    Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories

    William Carleton

  • 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

    Wirt Sikes

  • She did not want a "thumper," for Mimi would play as many waltzes and polkas as the company desired.

British Dictionary definitions for thumper


  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

C16: related to Icelandic, Swedish dialect dumpa to thump; see thud, bump
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Word Origin and History for thumper



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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