verb (used without object) Informal.

to promote something or express opinions vociferously.

Related formstub-thump·er, noun




a vociferous supporter or promoter, as of a cause.

Origin of tub-thumper

First recorded in 1655–65
Related formstub-thump·ing, noun, adjective
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Related Words for tub-thumping

declamation, elocution, oratory, rhetoric, speaking, tub-thumping

Examples from the Web for tub-thumping

Contemporary Examples of tub-thumping

Historical Examples of tub-thumping

  • Here was no tub-thumping soothsayer, but an inspired zealot.

    Simon the Jester

    William J. Locke

  • "He does not waste his breath in tub-thumping," said one, looking reverently at the sealed figure.

  • "I didn't ask you here to listen to me tub-thumping," George began apologetically, when we were alone.

    Sonia Married

    Stephen McKenna

British Dictionary definitions for tub-thumping



(of a speech or speaker) noisy, violent, or ranting


noisy, violent, or ranting public speaking



a noisy, violent, or ranting public speaker
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