[ thuhm-ping ]
/ ˈθʌm pɪŋ /


of, like, or pertaining to a thump.
strikingly great, immense, exceptional, or impressive; resounding: a thumping victory at the polls.

Nearby words

  1. thumbscrew,
  2. thumbstall,
  3. thumbtack,
  4. thummim,
  5. thump,
  6. thun,
  7. thunbergia,
  8. thunder,
  9. thunder bay,
  10. thunder egg

Origin of thumping

First recorded in 1570–80; thump + -ing2

Related formsthump·ing·ly, adverb


[ thuhmp ]
/ θʌmp /


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.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of thump

First recorded in 1530–40; imitative

Related formsthump·er, nounun·thumped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thumping


/ (ˈθʌmpɪŋ) /


(prenominal) slang huge or excessivea thumping loss
Derived Formsthumpingly, adverb


/ (θʌmp) /


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
Derived Formsthumper, noun

Word Origin for thump

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

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