[ tuhb-thuhm-per ]
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  1. a vociferous supporter or promoter, as of a cause.

Origin of tub-thumper

First recorded in 1655–65

Other words from tub-thumper

  • tub-thumping, noun, adjective

Words Nearby tub-thumper

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How to use tub-thumper in a sentence

  • “Always a-preaching, the old tub-thumper,” I heard William say to himself; but he made no further reference to the subject.

    In the Wrong Paradise | Andrew Lang
  • Cushion-smiter, polite rendering of tub-thumper, a clergyman, a preacher.

    The Slang Dictionary | John Camden Hotten
  • You talk like a Radical tub-thumper, said Canon Spratte, with disdain.

    The Bishop's Apron | W. Somerset Maugham
  • You ought to have been a preacher—a good, out-and-out, whole-souled tub-thumper.

    A Veldt Official | Bertram Mitford
  • 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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