Definition of thumping in English:



  • 1Pounding; throbbing.

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

    ‘a thumping 64 percent majority’
    as submodifier ‘a thumping great lie’
    • ‘Congratulations Boris, I'm delighted you retained your seat with a thumping majority.’
    • ‘And to pretend otherwise is simply a loud, thumping, brazen LIE.’
    • ‘In one area, by the council's own admission, a thumping 70 per cent of homes are eschewing wheelie bins.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yet the evidence gathers each year like a thumping great storm cloud, complete with warning bolts of lightning.’
    • ‘The acquisition of LF Brian Giles does more than give the Padres a thumping lineup.’
    • ‘So, after all that, it's a thumping victory for good old Ceefax.’
    • ‘It is a rarity among Washington-insider memoirs - it's a thumping good read.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now I just feel like a thumping huge disappointment to myself.’
    • ‘Pat Stephenson's heroes became the first side to bring the Tetley's Bitter Vase to North Yorkshire with a thumping 36-20 triumph.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1997 the Conservative majority was a thumping 11,600.’
    • ‘They had contributed in votes to Narendra Modi and were flush with his thumping victory.’
    • ‘City fans' quest for glory in the Worthington Fives national five-a-side supporters' competition came to a thumping end in the quarter-finals.’
    • ‘The overwhelming majority of the population - a thumping 94 per cent - exchange presents.’
    • ‘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 heck with dissonance, what's the German for ‘gigantic thumping irony?’’
    • ‘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.’
    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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