Definition of thump in US English:

thump

verb

[with object]
  • 1Hit (someone or something) heavily, especially with the fist or a blunt implement.

    ‘Holman thumped the desk with his hand’
    no object ‘she thumped on the door’
    • ‘If you go to a world championship boxing match, you know, one of the boxers will come in inevitably thumping his fists in time with the drumbeat.’
    • ‘You walked in there, you thumped a desk and they wobbled.’
    • ‘Generally a guy called Martand would start thumping the desk and everyone would follow suit.’
    • ‘He laughed and thumped the table in appreciation, then twisted his fist in front of his nose, miming a snout.’
    • ‘There's something oh, so satisfying about thumping a punch bag just as hard as you can.’
    • ‘His fist thumps the wooden table - bare except for a pen and a notepad for writing orders - for emphasis.’
    • ‘He kept on following us down the street, repeating the same thing, jumping up at me waving his money, thumping my arms with his little fists.’
    • ‘‘There's a Left-of-centre viewpoint across the BBC's output,’ he begins, thumping the desk in his South Bank office.’
    • ‘General Musharraf was seen thumping his fists vigorously at the only wall in the room.’
    • ‘You don't need to worry about having a couple of big blokes thumping your door and giving you a hard time.’
    • ‘‘You didn't have to use one of these damn things,’ he said, thumping the monitor on the desk before him.’
    • ‘‘Let go, I'm not one of those girls,’ she protested, thumping her balled fists against my chest.’
    • ‘He thumped his fist on the metal floor and grinned weakly.’
    • ‘‘We did it,’ screamed Ferns from the starting block, thumping a fist to his heart.’
    • ‘At this point I thump my fist down onto my desk and toss my hair defiantly.’
    • ‘When Henman took the third he thumped his fist to his chest.’
    • ‘Fellow MEPs hurled abuse at Mr Berlusconi and thumped their desks in the European Parliament Chamber in dismay.’
    • ‘When I tried to stop him he hit me in the face and knocked my glasses flying, then he thumped me in the chest.’
    • ‘Ramirez thumped his fist on the table; candelabra leapt into the air, fruit spilled from the baskets and soup spilt onto the dark table.’
    • ‘He gesticulated and swore at the young couple, holding up his fist and thumping the vehicle, and mouthing to the passenger to get out of the car.’
    hit, strike, beat, batter, pound, attack, assault, knock, rap, smack, thwack, slap, pummel, punch, rain blows on, belabour, hammer, cudgel, thrash, bang, drub, welt, cuff, crack, buffet, box someone's ears
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    1. 1.1 Move (something) forcefully, noisily, or decisively.
      ‘she picked up the kettle then thumped it down again’
      • ‘Immediately she heard the sound of shoes thumping from the other side of the house.’
      • ‘The sky rattled loudly and the noise sounded like rain clouds thumping together, creating a shaft movement of energy.’
      • ‘Once she reached her two story home, her ears were assaulted with the sounds of feet thumping around upstairs.’
      • ‘Walter Del Rio often arrives early to thump divots out of the grass with a golf club.’
      • ‘The bullets whistled past Ash's head, thumping into nearby ships with a pock-twang noise.’
      • ‘Yet with heavy weapons whining and thumping in the hills around us, nothing seems more distant than the prospect of a hearty meal.’
      • ‘Voices still chattered in the hallway, doors squeaked open, slammed shut, feet thumped, tramped up and down the stairs.’
      • ‘Arthur's daydreams were interrupted by what sounded like a fist thumping on wood in the far distance.’
      • ‘Looking over my clothes once, fast, I nodded and walked on, heavy but functional boots thumping against the soil.’
      • ‘She weakly lifted her head and whined, her tail thumped once.’
      • ‘Something heavy thumped into my shoulder and I cried out as I was sent sprawling to the floor, thudding to the ground.’
      • ‘The young striker, on loan from Aston Villa, thumped the ball home.’
      • ‘‘Shut up,’ Donal growled as he thumped the book closed and moved to stand in front of the table.’
      • ‘Before she could step outside, her mother's powerful hand thumped the door shut.’
      • ‘Last night, between about 7 pm and 8 pm there were thumping sounds every few seconds.’
      • ‘Once again, there was the sound of footsteps thumping up the stairs.’
      • ‘Alanis thumped the heavy metal knocker against the door.’
      • ‘And in the bathroom I'd have a field day, heavily thumping the loo seat down every time he left it up.’
      • ‘You could hear the sound of its blades thumping through the air-con vents.’
      • ‘The striker thumped the ball in the net before pulling off his shirt and celebrating having beaten Reynolds' record.’
      • ‘The cupboard door kept swinging open only to be thumped closed by Ivan, who had incorporated this gesture into the rhythm of the dance.’
      • ‘When he pulled the trigger his bullet thumped into the log and the crow flew lazily away unscathed.’
    2. 1.2no object Move or do something with a heavy deadened sound.
      ‘Philip thumped down on the sofa’
    3. 1.3no object (of a person's heart or pulse) beat or pulsate strongly, typically because of fear or excitement.
      • ‘I was a shy schoolboy who was too shy to read in class without his heart thumping so loud that everybody could hear.’
      • ‘A cold sweat ran over me, and my heart began thumping violently, almost painfully, in my chest.’
      • ‘My heart thumped in my mouth as cyclists parted this sea of sweaty, screaming, sign-toting, picture-snapping fans.’
      • ‘The lyrics echo in my head, and my heart thumps harder as memories flash before my eyes.’
      • ‘My heart was thumping so loudly in my ears I thought it was going to explode.’
      • ‘I move slightly and gasp, jumping backwards, heart thumping with shock and fright.’
      • ‘All he heard was his own heart beat, thumping in his ears.’
      • ‘The pounding was so bad that my brother could hear my heart thumping as we lay in bed at night.’
      • ‘Her heart thumped and a cold clamminess filtered into every pore of her skin.’
      • ‘We surged forward, hearts thumping, ducking to avoid water bombs and grasping hands, until we were disgorged at an open green beneath the city walls.’
      • ‘My heart thumps loudly and the gun feels slippery in my sweaty hands.’
      • ‘There they wait, hearts thumping and minds racing, for the signal to rush forward and do what Marines do best - fight forward and refuse to be defeated.’
      • ‘Quietly I began to retreat down the stairs, my heart thumping wildly with fear for my life.’
      • ‘I just stand there with a sheepish grin, my heart thumping like a foundry hammer.’
      • ‘Instead of a city whose pulse thumps like a toothache, Hobart gives you swooping hills and stone warehouses, colonial, harbour-side cottages, and Salamanca Place's thriving street market.’
      • ‘That was when my heart began thumping so hard, I could actually hear it.’
      • ‘The subwoofer will also get a workout, as Jason's heart thumps harder than a Dr. Dre backbeat.’
      • ‘My heart was still thumping; my head throbbing.’
      • ‘Spring is sprung, hormones are jumping, hearts are thumping and the seasonal cycle of attraction's in full swing once more.’
      • ‘When he spotted Shama coming towards him, dressed in a yellow floral-patterned sari, his heart thumped heavily with excitement.’
      throb, pound, thud, hammer, pulsate, pulse, pump, palpitate, race, beat heavily, go pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, vibrate, drum
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    4. 1.4thump something out Play a tune enthusiastically but heavy-handedly.
      • ‘Last time the Stereophonics were here, they were headlining Glasgow Green and thumping beery hits out over the heads of a huge celebratory crowd.’
      • ‘The Soviet national anthem and the Moscow Festival song were thumped out by the band.’
      • ‘I just grabbed that old banjo and started thumpin' on it - and thumped out a tune.’
    5. 1.5informal Defeat heavily.
      ‘Tampa Bay thumped Toronto 8–0’
      • ‘Sir Clive Woodward's side were thumped 51-15 by Australia following back-to-back defeats to New Zealand.’
      • ‘Champions Nestlé Rowntree continued their 100 per cent start to the season by thumping hosts Whitkirk Wanderers 5-0.’
      • ‘The magic of the cup is one thing, but should a team really qualify for Europe without defeating a single Premiership side and then being thumped in the final?’
      • ‘Rovers started the season with a bang, thumping Wolves 5-1 on the opening day of the new campaign.’
      • ‘The Aussies gave us a hiding in Sydney two weeks before and now we've thumped them at Ellis Park.’
      • ‘After thumping Burnley 5-1 last Saturday, City moved two points clear at the top thanks to the Clarets fixture with Bradford falling foul of the elements.’
      • ‘FOREST FC took a step nearer to the York Sunday Afternoon League division two title by thumping bottom club Bay Horse 6-0.’
      • ‘Firstly France, with their star fly-half back in harness, won revenge for their previous defeat, thumping Scotland by a whopping 61-0.’
      • ‘Haworth move into second place after thumping visitors Ingrow St John's by nine wickets.’

noun

  • 1A heavy dull blow with a person's fist or a blunt implement.

    ‘I felt a thump on my back’
    • ‘Applying increasing pressure on the brakes with 3,000 feet of runway to go, we felt a strong thump below the jet.’
    • ‘As for watermelons, pick the ones minus dents or scratches and a light thump should yield a dull hollow sound.’
    • ‘How can he claim damages when he has not only left the stable door open but has sent out the horse with a hefty good-luck thump on its backside?’
    • ‘Just at that moment, several dull thumps hit against the carriage from outside; Evelyn drew back, a small gasp escaping her lips.’
    • ‘There was a single, hard thump against the door.’
    • ‘By the time I left, the pressure of that bitterness had created a dull thump in my head.’
    • ‘The punch was vicious and and evoked yet another thump on his head.’
    blow, hit, punch, smack, thwack, slap, thrashing, bang, hiding, drubbing, lambasting, welt, cuff, box, crack
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    1. 1.1 A loud deadened sound.
      ‘the bag landed on the floor with a thump’
      • ‘The only audible sound was the thump of his steps against the solid floor.’
      • ‘One very hot day while out walking, one of the fellows I was with flopped awkwardly to the ground and the sound of wet thumps filled my ears.’
      • ‘The other just fell to the ground with a dull thump.’
      • ‘There was a distinct sound of thump followed by shuffling noise.’
      • ‘Then suddenly two explosions rocked the water and the Kursk was down, settling with a dull thump on the sea floor.’
      • ‘From peasants splashing in the mud, to the thump of hammer and axe, to the sound of rain falling, the sound design is almost an entire film in itself.’
      • ‘It made a soft thump, which sounded much too loud in the dark and silent room.’
      • ‘There were two dull thumps as bodies fell to the ground.’
      • ‘A series of thumps echoed from above her head, but she could not get any light up in the rafters.’
      • ‘I heard Dana drop her schoolbag down on the floor with a dull thump.’
      • ‘A loud thump sounded behind him and he turned it time to see someone sprint out the stable doors.’
      • ‘A loud thump sounded from the hallway, quickly followed by another.’
      • ‘Two dull thumps came from behind him and he turned.’
      • ‘There is a muffled thump, and the sound of running footsteps.’
      • ‘Opal stepped farther into the room, his boots making dull thumps across the rugged floor.’
      • ‘There was a tiny thump and perhaps what sounded like papers whishing around.’
      • ‘As I was looking down at the chart, we heard a loud thump, then the sound of rushing wind.’
      • ‘The image jitters, there is a thump as the sound comes on, and a haggard, hair-covered face fills the frame.’
      • ‘She heard the dull thump of someone knocking weakly on the door.’
      • ‘The recorder captured the sounds of loud thumps, crashes, shouts, and breaking glasses and plates.’
      thud, clunk, clonk, crash, smash, smack, bang, boom, thunder, wallop
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    2. 1.2 A strong heartbeat, especially one caused by fear or excitement.
      • ‘The odd thing was is that Candice was sure she could hear the thump of his heart against his chest.’
      • ‘Patients may feel palpitations or a thump in the chest when a beat compensates for a prior missed beat.’
      • ‘Every thump of his monstrous veins pounded his ear drums.’
      • ‘After four hours of climbing the near vertical mountain footpath, the headache had matured into a persistent thump with each heartbeat.’
      • ‘There was that strange, high pitched tune playing somewhere beyond his right ear, accompanying the double thump of his heartbeat.’
      • ‘At several points during our conversation, I simply couldn't hear over the deafening thump of my own pulse.’
      • ‘The strong, even thump of her pulse against his skin reassured him.’
      • ‘Feeling the thumps of fear in the fragile body, I lifted the tiny beast to the sand and watched it scamper away.’
      • ‘Thump thump, she can definitely hear my heart.’
      • ‘Her eyes wouldn't open and she heard the steady thump of her heart pound in her ears, signaling she was still alive.’
      • ‘In one particularly engaging scene a barrage of news reports on black ‘suspects’ is pasted over the quickening thump of a heartbeat.’
      • ‘He was quiet, his heartbeat a slow and steady thump against my palm.’
      • ‘As he pressed his head hard to the man's chest he could hear the thump, thump of a healthy heart beat.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

thump

/θəmp//THəmp/