- 1[transitive, intransitive] thump (somebody/something) (+ adv./prep.) to hit somebody/something hard, especially with your closed hand He thumped the table angrily. She couldn't get her breath and had to be thumped on the back. (informal) I'll thump you if you say that again. (figurative) He thumped out a tune (= played it very loudly) on the piano.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] to fall on or hit a surface hard, with a loud dull sound; to make something do this + adv./prep. A bird thumped against the window. thump something + adv./prep. He thumped the report down on my desk.
- 3[intransitive] to beat strongly My heart was thumping with excitement. see also tub-thumping Word Origin mid 16th cent.: imitative.Extra examples He spun around, his heart thumping against his ribs. He thumped Jack hard in the face. He thumped his fist down onto the table. Her heart began to thump wildly in her chest. She thumped the desk with her fist. I’ll thump you if you say that again. She couldn’t get her breath and had to be thumped on the back. She thumped the table angrily.
BrE BrE//θʌmp//; NAmE NAmE//θʌmp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thump
BrE BrE//θʌmp//; NAmE NAmE//θʌmp//he / she / it thumps
BrE BrE//θʌmps//; NAmE NAmE//θʌmps//past simple thumped
BrE BrE//θʌmpt//; NAmE NAmE//θʌmpt//past participle thumped
BrE BrE//θʌmpt//; NAmE NAmE//θʌmpt//-ing form thumping
BrE BrE//ˈθʌmpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈθʌmpɪŋ//