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thump

[thuhmp] /θʌmp/
noun
1.
a blow with something thick and heavy, producing a dull sound; a heavy knock.
2.
the sound made by or as if by such a blow.
verb (used with object)
3.
to strike or beat with something thick and heavy, so as to produce a dull sound; pound.
4.
(of an object) to strike against (something) heavily and noisily.
5.
Informal. to thrash severely.
verb (used without object)
6.
to strike, beat, or fall heavily, with a dull sound.
7.
to walk with heavy steps; pound.
8.
to palpitate or beat violently, as the heart.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; imitative
Related forms
thumper, noun
unthumped, adjective
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Examples from the web for thump
  • At night the riverbanks echo with the urgent thump of unseen drums and raucous singing.
  • There is nobody to thump the table for foreign relations.
  • We can say that with a satisfying kick-drum thump of certainty.
  • On the soundtrack, the faint tha-thump of a beating heart.
  • thump it with your hand, and the monument gives off the ring of an empty fuel tank.
  • They thump, he said, and their pitchers keep improving.
  • Moments later he heard a loud thump and people screaming down the platform.
  • They often thump their hind feet in response to fear or anger.
  • When captured they are usually calm, and often thump their hind feet in response to perceived threats.
  • Rabbits will thump the ground with their hind feet regularly, probably as a means of communication.
British Dictionary definitions for thump

thump

/θʌmp/
noun
1.
the sound of a heavy solid body hitting or pounding a comparatively soft surface
2.
a heavy blow with the hand: he gave me a thump on the back
verb
3.
(transitive) to strike or beat heavily; pound
4.
(intransitive) to throb, beat, or pound violently: his heart thumped with excitement
Derived Forms
thumper, noun
Word Origin
C16: related to Icelandic, Swedish dialect dumpa to thump; see thud, bump
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Word Origin and History for thump
v.

1530s, "to strike hard," probably imitative of the sound made by hitting with a heavy object (cf. East Frisian dump "a knock," Swedish dialectal dumpa "to make a noise"). Related: Thumped; thumping.

n.

1550s, from thump (v.).

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