Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dull heavy sound, as of something dropped on a surface.
  • intransitive verb To move or fall heavily with a dull sound.
  • intransitive verb To place or drop with a flump.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To throw down with violence.
  • To throw one's self down heavily; flop: as, she flumped down into a chair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive to move or fall heavily, or with a dull sound
  • verb transitive to drop something heavily or with a dull sound
  • noun the dull sound so produced

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb set (something or oneself) down with or as if with a noise
  • verb fall heavily

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

(onomatopoeia). Compare plunk.

Examples

  • Several more seconds led to several smaller "flump" sounds, and we were eventually left with a pile of warm, steamy Boll bits, and a slightly perplexed material science engineer!

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  • After about 8 seconds in the microwave we heard a slightly muffled "flump" sound, which turned out to be a Boll exploding into smaller boll-bits.

    CR4 - Recent Forum Threads and Blog Entries

  • After about 8 seconds in the microwave we heard a slightly muffled "flump" sound, which turned out to be a Boll exploding into smaller boll-bits.

    CR4 - Recent Forum Threads and Blog Entries

  • Several more seconds led to several smaller "flump" sounds, and we were eventually left with a pile of warm, steamy Boll bits, and a slightly perplexed material science engineer!

    CR4 - Recent Forum Threads and Blog Entries

  • After about 8 seconds in the microwave we heard a slightly muffled "flump" sound, which turned out to be a Boll exploding into smaller boll-bits.

    CR4 - Recent Forum Threads and Blog Entries

  • After about 8 seconds in the microwave we heard a slightly muffled "flump" sound, which turned out to be a Boll exploding into smaller boll-bits.

    CR4 - Recent Forum Threads and Blog Entries

  • A half minute later, there was an explosive flump, the groan of contorting steel, a crash as the door frame was torn from the wall, the overhead twisting and falling.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Skin Deep

  • He was a noisy contraption too quick too early in day and with small bump and flump fump with balding front tire he struck a mother duck.

    Garph and Sparky Barker

  • Berryman, who wrote funny poems and then stopped writing funny poems and launched himself off a bridge and, flump, that was it for him.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • Berryman, who wrote funny poems and then stopped writing funny poems and launched himself off a bridge and, flump, that was it for him.

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

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  • a heavy, dull sound

    April 30, 2007

  • One of the two wheels of David's cart flumped.

    - Louis Zukofsky, Thanks to the Dictionary

    June 20, 2008

  • I love this sound. FLUMP!

    June 24, 2009

  • 1830 M. R. Mitford Our Village (1863) IV. 182 Flumping himself down in the midst of a tuft of cowslips.

    April 19, 2015