thump

A thump is a hard, thudding sound, or an equally hard hit or blow, like the thump your older brother gives you when you embarrass him in front of his friends.

If you drop your backpack full of books it'll make a thump as it hits the floor. And, if your friend starts to choke on his lemonade at lunch, you might want to give him a thump on the back. You can also thump enthusiastically on a drum. Thump is an imitative word, one that mimics the sound of hitting something heavily. It dates from the sixteenth century.

Definitions of thump
  1. noun
    a heavy dull sound (as made by impact of heavy objects)
    synonyms: clump, clunk, thud, thumping
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    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  2. noun
    a heavy blow with the hand
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    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  3. verb
    make a dull sound
    synonyms: thud
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  4. verb
    hit hard with the hand, fist, or some heavy instrument
    synonyms: poke, pound
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    type of:
    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  5. verb
    move rhythmically
    synonyms: beat, pound
    beat
    indicate by beating, as with the fingers or drumsticks
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    pulsate, pulse, throb
    expand and contract rhythmically; beat rhythmically
    flutter, palpitate
    beat rapidly
    thrash
    beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
    flap
    move noisily
    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
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