Pronunciation Noun

thump (plural thumps)

  1. A blow that produces a muffled sound.
    • 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, euphemism) Used to replace the vulgar or blasphemous element in "what the hell" and similar phrases.
    Where the thump have you been?!
  • French: coup sourd
  • German: dumpfer Schlag
  • Spanish: l sordo
  • German: dumpf
  • Spanish: ruido sordo

thump (thumps, present participle thumping; past and past participle thumped)

  1. (transitive) To hit (someone or something) as if to make a thump#noun|thump.
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Richard the Third: […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by 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.
  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.
    Dance music thumped from the nightclub entrance.
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