Origin of tub-thumper

First recorded in 1655–65
Related formstub-thump·ing, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tub-thumper

Historical Examples of tub-thumper

  • Cushion-smiter, polite rendering of tub-thumper, a clergyman, a preacher.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • Well, you tub-thumper, you see that the gentlemen of England are more than a match for pestilent pennyweight rebels.

    The Lady of Loyalty House

    Justin Huntly McCarthy

British Dictionary definitions for tub-thumper


  1. a noisy, violent, or ranting public speaker
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