Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1897, of imitative origin. Related: Whumped; whumping. The noun is recorded from 1915.
n. a thump vb. (context transitive English) to strike something with a whump
Usage examples of "whump".
Berthas had sounded, the exaggerated WHUMP of incendiary tonnage, way larger than life.
The monkeys moved to the front of their cages and shook the doors or leaped back and forth, whump, whump, whump, watching Jaax and Johnson the whole time, following them with their eyes, alert to everything.
The whump of multiple volts passing through still living tissue, the muscles contracting and relaxing, lifting a frail old form from the bed.
The whump of multiple volts passing through still living tissue, the muscles contracting and relaxing, lifting a middle aged carpenter named Pete Midori from the bed, going on the ride he paid for with a lifetime of Winstons and saturated fats.
She ran through ragged patches of shorebirds scratching about for grubs and worms, startling them into raucous, whumping flight, hardly higher man her head before they settled back behind her.
Suddenly, before the nationals, the house stopped shaking, the whumping ceased.
The sound of the podiatric impact had silenced a major-sport crowd, and a retired USMC flier who always came with petroleum-jelly samples he hawked to the knuckle-chapped crowds in the Nickerson stands told his cronies in a Brookline watering hole after the game that this Incandenza kid's first public punt had sounded just the way Rolling Thunder's big-bellied Berthas had sounded, the exaggerated WHUMP of incendiary tonnage, way larger than life.
As he watched, a bright spark trailed smoke from an alley opposite, the dull whump of a mortar round rolling through the onlookers.
Because one second before he fired, Remo had coiled the barrel of the Browning into a corkscrew, and by the time the bullet left it, it was spinning toward the dock worker's chest, where it came to rest with a muffled whump.
He could hear their howling, and a flurry of blurred whumps from Squadron smoothbores as the animals were put down before they turned on the nearest human.
Their muffled whumps were all but lost in the cacophony of cavalry charging around through the gap, and the thunder of dragonels attempting to stem the tide of men, horses, and metal.
She felt it burst out before her, prayed a sliver of glass wouldn’t slice through her throat, and heard the tremendous din behind her, then a sound like a sudden explosion before the concussion whumped through the window, blowing the remaining shards of glass out into the night.
Jeremiah McIlhaney dragged her to one side to tell her to mind her language if she didn't want to get whumped upside the head.
But without the tearing crashes of detonations in the forest roof, or the dull earthy whumps as they exploded against the ground.
The loud whumps the natives made when they landed complemented the percussive quality of their chanting.