Definition of thump in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
mid 16th century: imitative.
jump from (early 16th century):
Like bump (mid 16th century) and thump (mid 16th century), jump was probably formed because it ‘sounded right’, and seemed to express the sound of feet hitting the ground. It was first used around 1500. To jump the gun, or act too soon, comes from the idea of an athlete starting a race a split-second before they hear the starting gun. A jumpsuit was a term first used in the USA in the 1940s for the outfit worn by parachutists when making their jumps. Jumper (mid 19th century) is unrelated. In the 19th century it was a loose outer jacket worn by sailors and is now a woollen jersey in UK English, but a style of dress in the USA. It may come from Scots jupe, ‘a loose jacket or tunic’, which in turn came through French from Arabic jubba.
- Example sentences
- ‘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.
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