Definition of thumping in English:



  • 1Pounding; throbbing.

    ‘the thumping beat of her heart’
    • ‘We overhear a technical person say ‘That's a floor spin,’ and the thumping closing music starts.’
    • ‘The percussion adds a slick, hip and sometimes otherworldly sound to rock-solid, thumping drums.’
    • ‘Rose groaned as she heard someone repeatedly bang against her front door, the thumping pattern disturbing her dreamless sleep with a vengeance.’
    • ‘He gritted his teeth and willed his thumping heart to slow down.’
    • ‘Oh God, I think I hear thumping noises from the other room.’
    • ‘Heavy staccato beats punish thumping tracks by Joe, Destiny's Child, Ginuwine, Mack 10, Chante Moore, Non-A-Miss and Playa.’
    • ‘The thumping heartbeats ergo sailed past my ears.’
    • ‘It began with brass, drums and crashing cymbals, and it skipped into an irresistible beat that was borne along by a thumping tuba.’
    • ‘It went very still, so that I could hear the echoes of the thumping rhythm still resounding in my ears.’
    • ‘Tom brought her so close he could feel her thumping heart.’
    • ‘There is just something so infectious about the broken beat and the thumping melodic bass of Garage.’
    • ‘Karmen hollered to Hailey above the thumping music.’
    • ‘She has been feeding quarters to the Wurlitzer jukebox all night, letting the Motown hits compete with the thumping dance music from the bar.’
    • ‘His window is still wide open, the thumping bass comes tumbling out.’
    • ‘Forget your thumping nightclubs - on this island, tavernas, restaurants and a few local bars provide the nightlife.’
    • ‘Sleep was difficult, not least because of a thumping headache caused by another run-in with the boss.’
    • ‘Instead of having an album full of thumping industrial hits, it is dispersed with bland fraternal ballads.’
    • ‘Every single music selection had a thumping beat that irritated me immensely - a sure sign that kids will groove on the music.’
    • ‘The hook is infectious and ridiculous, all about thumping bass, banging drum lines and blowing you away.’
    • ‘The wind whipped up and a loud thumping sound drowned out their voices.’
    • ‘Scott had a thumping hip hop beat at my gig and there was a tune that kept playing, and you could see people raising their eyes.’
  • 2informal Of an impressive size, extent, or amount.

    ‘a thumping 64 percent majority’
    as submodifier ‘a thumping great lie’
    • ‘And to pretend otherwise is simply a loud, thumping, brazen LIE.’
    • ‘It is a rarity among Washington-insider memoirs - it's a thumping good read.’
    • ‘Richmond run machine Ben Griffiths plundered 184 runs to help his side to a thumping 117 run victory over Barnes on Saturday in Middlesex League Division One.’
    • ‘But this year, when precisely the same measure came up for a required second vote, it was defeated by a thumping margin of 157 to 39.’
    • ‘In one area, by the council's own admission, a thumping 70 per cent of homes are eschewing wheelie bins.’
    • ‘Data released last Friday on American non-farm payroll employment showed a thumping rise of 211,000 in March against expectations of a rise to 190,000.’
    • ‘The heck with dissonance, what's the German for ‘gigantic thumping irony?’’
    • ‘Now I just feel like a thumping huge disappointment to myself.’
    • ‘Well, I'm sure that the British forces are ‘doing a thumping good job’ - I'm less certain that there's any end in sight.’
    • ‘The overwhelming majority of the population - a thumping 94 per cent - exchange presents.’
    • ‘Kate Winslet, the emphatically English rose of British cinema, is a trouper, a ruddy good sport, a thumping great head prefect of common sense and hockey-sticks jollity.’
    • ‘The acquisition of LF Brian Giles does more than give the Padres a thumping lineup.’
    • ‘City fans' quest for glory in the Worthington Fives national five-a-side supporters' competition came to a thumping end in the quarter-finals.’
    • ‘Pat Stephenson's heroes became the first side to bring the Tetley's Bitter Vase to North Yorkshire with a thumping 36-20 triumph.’
    • ‘They had contributed in votes to Narendra Modi and were flush with his thumping victory.’
    • ‘Yet the evidence gathers each year like a thumping great storm cloud, complete with warning bolts of lightning.’
    • ‘Congratulations Boris, I'm delighted you retained your seat with a thumping majority.’
    • ‘It is significant that, while the portraits of the Laird's children were of a modest scale, costing only a guinea each, those of Big Alastair and the piper came in at a thumping five pounds.’
    • ‘In 1997 the Conservative majority was a thumping 11,600.’
    • ‘So, after all that, it's a thumping victory for good old Ceefax.’
    enormous, huge, massive, vast, very great, tremendous, substantial, goodly, prodigious, gigantic, giant, terrific, fantastic, colossal, immense, mammoth, monumental, stupendous, gargantuan, elephantine, titanic, mountainous, monstrous
    extremely, very, really, thoroughly, exceedingly, immensely, incredibly, amazingly, remarkably, exceptionally, uncommonly, extraordinarily, perfectly, truly, simply, positive, positively, downright
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