- 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 doorMore example sentences
- At this point I thump my fist down onto my desk and toss my hair defiantly.
- His fist thumps the wooden table - bare except for a pen and a notepad for writing orders - for emphasis.
- 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.
- 1.1Move (something) forcefully, noisily, or decisively: she picked up the kettle then thumped it down againMore example sentences
- When he pulled the trigger his bullet thumped into the log and the crow flew lazily away unscathed.
- You could hear the sound of its blades thumping through the air-con vents.
- Last night, between about 7 pm and 8 pm there were thumping sounds every few seconds.
- 1.3 [no object] (Of a person’s heart or pulse) beat or pulsate strongly, typically because of fear or excitement.More example sentences
- Quietly I began to retreat down the stairs, my heart thumping wildly with fear for my life.
- All he heard was his own heart beat, thumping in his ears.
- When he spotted Shama coming towards him, dressed in a yellow floral-patterned sari, his heart thumped heavily with excitement.
- 1.4 (thump something out) Play a tune enthusiastically but heavy-handedly.More example sentences
- Last time the Stereophonics were here, they were headlining Glasgow Green and thumping beery hits out over the heads of a huge celebratory crowd.
- I just grabbed that old banjo and started thumpin' on it - and thumped out a tune.
- The Soviet national anthem and the Moscow Festival song were thumped out by the band.
- 1.5 • informal Defeat heavily: Tampa Bay thumped Toronto 8-0More example sentences
- Firstly France, with their star fly-half back in harness, won revenge for their previous defeat, thumping Scotland by a whopping 61-0.
- Sir Clive Woodward's side were thumped 51-15 by Australia following back-to-back defeats to New Zealand.
- 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?
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- 1A heavy dull blow with a person’s fist or a blunt implement: I felt a thump on my backMore example sentences
- By the time I left, the pressure of that bitterness had created a dull thump in my head.
- Just at that moment, several dull thumps hit against the carriage from outside; Evelyn drew back, a small gasp escaping her lips.
- As for watermelons, pick the ones minus dents or scratches and a light thump should yield a dull hollow sound.
- 1.1A loud deadened sound: his wife put down her iron with a thumpMore example sentences
- The recorder captured the sounds of loud thumps, crashes, shouts, and breaking glasses and plates.
- There is a muffled thump, and the sound of running footsteps.
- The image jitters, there is a thump as the sound comes on, and a haggard, hair-covered face fills the frame.
- 1.2A strong heartbeat, especially one caused by fear or excitement.More example sentences
- Feeling the thumps of fear in the fragile body, I lifted the tiny beast to the sand and watched it scamper away.
- In one particularly engaging scene a barrage of news reports on black ‘suspects’ is pasted over the quickening thump of a heartbeat.
- After four hours of climbing the near vertical mountain footpath, the headache had matured into a persistent thump with each heartbeat.
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- ‘Driving in Whiskey’ is a decent dancefloor thumper featuring vocals by Ellen Allien.
- The Rockies should be an interesting team because they abandoned their one-year experiment with singles hitters and piled up on thumpers, and they now have two solid front-line starters in Jason Jennings and Dennis Stark.
- IT'S A BASEBALL GIVEN THAT THE GUY who beats you with his glove takes a backseat to the hefty thumpers who put big numbers on the board.
mid 16th century: imitative.