Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THUMPS

She tugs and pulls, and thumps the refractory thing on the floor.

The Bluebird had vanished, so had Azuba, but the thumps and jingles were real enough.

From behind him came a yelp, another, a thump, and then a series of thumps and yelps.

She thumps and lurches, and they stagger together, feeling sick.

Again there sounded the two thumps of the electrical discharge.

If they cannot be overcome by kindness, thumps will never make them better.

Presently there were thumps and bangs as grapplers clanged on the surface of the craft.

There was a series of thumps as explosive bolts released the second stage.

I got blows and thumps and smacks and whacks and pinches and kicks from all sides.

Then, after a momentary pause in the rain, the thumps were repeated.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "to strike hard," probably imitative of the sound made by hitting with a heavy object (cf. East Frisian dump "a knock," Swedish dialectal dumpa "to make a noise"). Related: Thumped; thumping.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.