EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Probably imitative.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /θʌmp/
  • Rhymes: -ʌmp
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NounEdit

thump (plural thumps)

  1. A blow that produces a muffled sound.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, Chapter 1:
      ... and so the universal thump is passed round, and all hands should rub each other’s shoulder-blades, and be content.
    • (Can we date this quote by Tatler and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The watchman gave so great a thump at my door, that I awaked at the knock.
  2. The sound of such a blow; a thud.
  3. (dated, colloquial, euphemistic) Used to replace the vulgar or blasphemous element in "what the hell" and similar phrases.
    Where the thump have you been?!

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VerbEdit

thump (third-person singular simple present thumps, present participle thumping, simple past and past participle thumped)

  1. (transitive) To hit (someone or something) as if to make a thump.
  2. (transitive) To cause to make a thumping sound.
    The cat thumped its tail in irritation.
  3. (intransitive) To thud or pound.
  4. (intransitive) To throb with a muffled rhythmic sound.
    • 2013 June 29, “Travels and travails”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 55:
      Even without hovering drones, a lurking assassin, a thumping score and a denouement, the real-life story of Edward Snowden, a rogue spy on the run, could be straight out of the cinema. But, as with Hollywood, the subplots and exotic locations may distract from the real message: America’s discomfort and its foes’ glee.
    Dance music thumped from the nightclub entrance.

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