- Imitative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I waited for the "whump" of the explosion, the popped out left and fired off two quick rounds, only to realize that my attackers were all children, maybe 10 or 12 years old.”
“When they set off the blast, you could barely hear the muffled "whump" below your feet (yeah, we stood right there, not four or five meters from the hole).”
“There was an instant when he wasn't certain it would work-but then the gasoline he'd poured around the inside of the barn caught, and with a satisfying "whump," the inside of the building blossomed into flame.”
“Instantly there was a dull "whump," more felt in one's tissues than heard aloud.”
“Or was that his own heart beating … thaw-whump, thaw-whump, thaw-whump …?”
“It was raining harder in the plaza now, but still Peter could hear the sucking sound of those thick windshield wipers on that 1948 Buick Roadster V-8: Thaw-whump, thaw-whump, thaw-whump.”
“I liked hearing that whump sound each time I rammed his head down into the bottom of that old thing.”
“Then there was a loud whump, and what had been a helicopter was now a ball of flame, spewing randomly shaped black debris that slammed into the steel superstructure of the Obelisk.”
“They each vanish with a whump, splattering blood on their classmates.”
“A voice message left for him: Siobhan, going nineteen to the dozen, the whump and rush of Dublin traffic in the background.”
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