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1 Fall or sit down heavily:‘I flumped back into bed’
sit down, seat oneself, install oneself, plant oneself, ensconce oneself, plump oneself, flumpView synonyms
- ‘Adele clicked off the phone and flumped on the couch next to Joel.’
- ‘She flumped onto the grass, and saw her own crystal tears fall into the mist.’
- ‘He used to have a great flump on 'im: he'd spot a patch of floor that he fancied, then flump right down and stretch out.’
- ‘But Cassidy just turns stomachs every time she so much as flumps into The Laundrette.’
- ‘She changed into her Sugar Daddy pajamas and flumped into bed while planning to declare war on the male race.’
- ‘Anywho, I pushed Damien out of my room and flumped back on my mattress.’
- ‘‘I'm not in the mood to pander to you,’ Aidan huffed as he flumped into an orange suede beanbag.’
- ‘Jepta sat across from her and Mikhail pulled up a chair, flumping down onto it and facing Navi as best he could, the glare still in his eyes.’
- ‘As I flumped backwards into the water, expecting a lazy dive, I landed almost on top of two large mantas sailing out from the lagoon.’
- ‘Julia sighed and flumped on her bed, gathering her knees up to her chin.’
- ‘There were only two chairs in the room when we got there, so I flumped down on Josh.’
- ‘Aggie lifted her head, coughed up water, took one look at her surroundings, and flumped down.’
- ‘Emma flumped into a chair at her kitchen counter.’
- ‘Sara rolled her eyes and flumped back down on her pillows, pulling her comforter back over her head again.’
- ‘Instead, I arrive home exhausted each afternoon, flump out on the sofa and sleep like a child after her first day at school.’
- ‘‘No,’ Aidan sighed and flumped into a fluffy white beanbag.’
- 1.1[with object and adverbial of direction] Set or throw (something) down heavily:‘Ellie flumped her hands down on her sewing’
[in singular] The action or sound of a heavy fall:‘the rocks hit the ground with a flump’
- ‘She heard a soft flump as Danny's arm dropped on to the bed, and she sighed, knowing what he was going to say next.’
- ‘With a soft flump, I flopped on my own bed and yawned.’
- ‘There was a loud flump as a collection of letters landed on the doormat.’
Early 17th century: imitative.
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