thump (plural thumps)
- A blow that produces a muffled sound.
- The sound of such a blow; a thud.
- (dated, colloquial, euphemistic) Used to replace the vulgar or blasphemous element in "what the hell" and similar phrases.
- Where the thump have you been?!
- (transitive) To hit (someone or something) as if to make a thump.
- c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iii]:
- These bastard Bretons, whom our fathers / Have in their own land beaten, bobb'd, and thump'd.
- 2011 January 19, Jonathan Stevenson, “Leeds 1-3 Arsenal”, in BBC:
- Kasper Schmeichel brilliantly denied Marouane Chamakh before Bacary Sagna thumped home a second, though Bradley Johnson's screamer halved the deficit.
- (transitive) To cause to make a thumping sound.
- The cat thumped its tail in irritation.
- (intransitive) To thud or pound.
- (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.
to hit someone or something so as to make a thump
to thud or pound