One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A loud thudding sound, especially one made by an exploding bomb or shell.
- ‘On Sunday morning, we were woken by the muffled crump of a controlled explosion.’
- ‘It disintegrated into the wall with a satisfying crump.’
- ‘Watching TV or whatever, you hear the shriek of the tyres losing it, followed by the crump of impacting metal.’
- ‘Another crump sounded, and I was nearly shaken from my seat as the ship abruptly slid sideways, either a munitions dump had just been hit, or fuel.’
- ‘There was the dull crump of ignition followed by a fireball of considerable proportion.’
- ‘Three or four more thunderous crumps echoed out over the surrounding forest.’
- ‘Preparation turned to execution when the explosives were detonated, resulting in a massive grey cloud and the loud crump of the explosion, which could be heard over four kilometres away.’
- ‘He heard a car skid and a crump as it hit something.’
- ‘The media representation of this war will be from a distance: shots of the city skyline illuminated by the flashes of bomb blasts, the dull crump of explosions.’
Make a loud, thudding sound.
Mid 17th century: imitative. The original sense (as a verb) was ‘munch, crunch’, later ‘hit hard’ (used initially as a term in the game of cricket), and then the military sense ‘bombard’ (First World War).
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