[ tuhb-thuhm-per ]
/ ˈtʌbˌθʌm pər /


a vociferous supporter or promoter, as of a cause.

Origin of tub-thumper

First recorded in 1655–65

Related forms

tub-thump·ing, noun, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tub-thumper

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

    The Slang Dictionary|John Camden Hotten

British Dictionary definitions for tub-thumper



a noisy, violent, or ranting public speaker
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