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Topic: TEXTURES, SOUNDS

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: From the sound

thump

1 verb
     
thump1
1 [transitive] informal to hit someone very hard with your hand closed:
If you don't shut up, I'm going to thump you!
She thumped the table with her fist.
2 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]CS to hit against something loudly:
His feet thumped loudly on the bare boards.
He thumped his cup down on the table.
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to walk or run with your feet making a loud heavy sound as they touch the ground:
Stella came thumping down the stairs.
4 [intransitive] if your heart thumps, it beats very strongly and quickly because you are frightened or excited:
My heart was thumping inside my chest.
WORD FOCUS: hit WORD FOCUS: hit
with your fist: punch, thump, bash

with your open hand as a punishment: smack, spank, slap

with a hammer: bang, hammer

in order to get attention: bang, knock, tap, hammer

accidentally: bump into, crash into, strike, bang, knock, collide (with)


See also
hit
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