- of, like, or pertaining to a thump.
- strikingly great, immense, exceptional, or impressive; resounding: a thumping victory at the polls.
Origin of thumping
- 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
Related Words for thumpingbang, beat, blow, clout, clump, fall, flutter, hammer, hit, knock, poke, pound, pulse, rap, slap, smack, strike, throb, thwack, wallop
Examples from the Web for thumping
Contemporary Examples of thumping
Dixon turned on the air conditioner and radio, both full blast, to drown out the thumping.From Hero to Homeless: Tara Dixon’s Story
July 4, 2013
“I stopped her initially, because she mischaracterized what I said about Bible thumping,” O'Reilly explained.Bill O’Reilly’s Macho Moment in On-Air Confrontation With Laura Ingraham
April 5, 2013
The lights went down, and a thumping remix of the disco special “Love to Love You Baby” began.Diane von Furstenberg’s Fall 2013 Show Brings Glam Rock, Seth Meyers
February 10, 2013
It is as if Smilevski is demanding an encore by thumping on his own book.Goce Smilevski’s ‘Freud’s Sister’
January 11, 2013
Until recently, with global demand soaring for oil, gas, and minerals, thumping the tub against imperialism played well at home.After the Presidential Election, a Tough Road for Hugo Chávez
October 9, 2012
Historical Examples of thumping
The sails had fallen off and they were flapping and thumping and clapping in the wind.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
If you weren't a boy, I would give you a thumping for what you have already said.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
Cut away, carpenter, and get us rid of all this thumping as soon as possible.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
They were hanging in the entry upon the door of which the captain was thumping.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
Nancy looked up at her thumping and thunging, and said, "Did Mr. Kelly give it you?"The Manxman
- (prenominal) slang huge or excessivea thumping loss
- 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
Word Origin and History for thumping
"exceptionally large," colloquial, 1570s, present participle adjective from thump (v.).
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.).