slump (slumps, present participle slumping; past and past participle slumped)

  1. (intransitive) To collapse heavily or helplessly.
    Exhausted, he slumped down onto the sofa.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours are pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling à la Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better. […]”
  2. (intransitive) To decline or fall off in activity or performance.
    Real estate prices slumped during the recession.
  3. (intransitive) To slouch or droop.
  4. (transitive) To lump; to throw together messily.
    • These different groups […] are exclusively slumped together under that sense.
  5. To fall or sink suddenly through or in, when walking on a surface, as on thawing snow or ice, a bog, etc.
    • The latter walk on a bottomless quag, into which unawares they may slump.
  6. (slang) (transitive) To cause to collapse; to hit hard; to render unsconscious; to kill.
Translations Noun

slump (plural slumps)

  1. A heavy or helpless collapse; a slouching or drooping posture; a period of poor activity or performance, especially an extended period.
    1. (slang, by extension) A period when a person goes without the expected amount of sex or dating.
      • 2004, Jonathan Tolins, The Last Sunday in June ↗
        TOM. We haven't had sex with each other in five months.
        MICHAEL. We're in a slump, I know that."
  2. A measure of the fluidity of freshly mixed concrete, based on how much the concrete formed in a standard slump cone sags when the cone is removed.
  3. (UK, dialect) A boggy place.
  4. (Scotland) The noise made by anything falling into a hole, or into a soft, miry place.
  5. (Scotland) The gross amount; the mass; the lump.
Translations Translations
  • German: Ausbreitmaß
  • German: Morast
  • Russian: топь

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