thump - definition and synonyms


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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.

     Synonyms and related words
     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      informal to attack or punish someone by hitting them with your fist

      He was thumped by another child at school.

       Synonyms and related words
  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

phrasal verbs