I UK [θʌmp] / US verb
Word forms "thump":
present tense I/you/we/they thump he/she/it thumps present participle thumping past tense thumped past participle thumped
a) [transitive] to hit someone or something with your fist (= closed hand)

Suddenly he thumped the arm of the chair.

b) informal to attack or punish someone by hitting them with your fist

He was thumped by another child at school.

a) [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.

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

The boat was thumping against the dock.

3) [intransitive] if your heart is thumping, you can feel it beating very fast, for example because you are angry, frightened, or excited
4) [intransitive] if your head is thumping, you have a painful headache
Phrasal verbs:
II UK [θʌmp] / US noun [countable]
Word forms "thump":
singular thump plural thumps
1) a low loud sound that is made when something heavy hits something else

He brought his hand down on the table with a thump.

2) the action of hitting someone with your fist (= closed hand)

Bill gave me a friendly thump on the arm.

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