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whump

 (wŭmp; hwŭmp)
n.
A thump; a thud.
v. whumped, whump·ing, whumps
v.intr.
To make a thumping or thudding sound.
v.tr.
To hit or strike with such a sound.

[Imitative.]

whump

(wʌmp)
n
informal a dull thud
[C19: of imitative origin]

thump

(θʌmp)

n.
1. a blow or knock with a heavy object, producing a dull sound.
2. the sound made by or as if by such a blow.
v.t.
3. to strike or beat with a heavy object, so as to produce a dull sound; pound.
4. (of an object) to strike against (something) heavily and noisily.
5. to thrash severely.
v.i.
6. to strike or fall heavily, with a dull sound.
7. to palpitate or beat violently, as the heart.
[1530–40; imitative]
thump′er, n.
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Just then, the Malian butcher raised his ax and brought it down with a whump to hack off a hunk of beef.
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The glimpse of bright yellow fusilage and the whump of the rotorblades above the clouds or the waves has signalled life again for many a sailor and climber in peril.