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verb     thump pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlethumping
past tensethumped
past participlethumped
  1. 1
    [transitive] to hit someone or something with your fist (=closed hand)

    Suddenly he thumped the arm of the chair.

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    1. a.
      informal to attack or punish someone by hitting them with your fist

      He was thumped by another child at school.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to put something somewhere with force and with a loud sound
    thump something on/onto/into etc something:

    Maria thumped her bag down on the table.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to hit against something with a low loud sound
      thump against/into/on etc:

      The boat was thumping against the dock.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if your heart is thumping, you can feel it beating very fast, for example because you are angry, frightened, or excited
  4. 4
    [intransitive] if your head is thumping, you have a painful headache

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