I. verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1548 transitive verb 1. to strike or beat with or as if with something thick or heavy so as to cause a dull sound 2. pound, knock 3. whip, thrash 4. to produce (music) mechanically or in a mechanical manner — usually used with out <
thumped out a tune on the piano
intransitive verb 1. a. to inflict a thump b. to make or move with a thumping sound 2. to make a vigorous endorsement <
got a couple of…senators to thump for him — New York Herald Tribune
thumper noun II. noun Date: 1552 a blow or knock with or as if with something blunt or heavy; also the sound made by such a blow

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Thump — Thump, n. [Probably of imitative origin; perhaps influenced by dump, v. t.] 1. The sound made by the sudden fall or blow of a heavy body, as of a hammer, or the like. [1913 Webster] The distant forge s swinging thump profound. Wordsworth. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thump — [thump] n. [echoic] 1. a blow with something heavy and blunt, as with a cudgel 2. the dull sound made by such a blow vt. 1. to strike with a thump or thumps 2. a) to thrash; beat severely b) t …   English World dictionary

  • Thump — Thump, v. i. To give a thump or thumps; to strike or fall with a heavy blow; to pound. [1913 Webster] A watchman at midnight thumps with his pole. Swift. [1913 Webster] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thump — Thump, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thumped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thumping}.] To strike or beat with something thick or heavy, or so as to cause a dull sound. [1913 Webster] These bastard Bretons; whom our hathers Have in their own land beaten, bobbed, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • thump — vb thud, knock, rap, *tap Analogous words: pound, *beat, belabor: punch, smite, *strike thump n thud, knock, rap, tap (see under TAP vb) Analogous words: pounding, beating, pummeling (see BEAT vb) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • thump — ► VERB 1) hit heavily with the fist or a blunt implement. 2) put down forcefully, noisily, or decisively. 3) (of a person s heart or pulse) beat or pulsate strongly. 4) (thump out) play (a tune) enthusiastically but heavy handedly. 5) informal… …   English terms dictionary

  • thump — index beat (pulsate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • thump — (thump) 1. to strike or beat with a blunt instrument. 2. the blow so incurred …   Medical dictionary

  • thump — (v.) 1530s, to strike hard, probably imitative of the sound made by hitting with a heavy object (Cf. E.Fris. dump a knock, Swed. dial. dumpa to make a noise ). The noun is first recorded 1550s. Thumping (adj.) exceptionally large is colloquial… …   Etymology dictionary

  • thump — I UK [θʌmp] / US verb Word forms thump : present tense I/you/we/they thump he/she/it thumps present participle thumping past tense thumped past participle thumped * 1) a) [transitive] to hit someone or something with your fist (= closed hand)… …   English dictionary

  • thump — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ heavy, loud ▪ dull, muffled, soft VERB + THUMP ▪ give sb/sth (BrE) …   Collocations dictionary

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