- The definition of a slump is a sudden decline, or is a long period of decline and loss.
When stock market quotes are down for a long period of time, this is an example of a market slump.
- To slump is to experience a sudden decline or to slouch over.
- When a sports team loses two games, this is an example of a situation where they slump to a 0-2 record.
- When you throw yourself into a chair and slouch into the cushions, this is an example of a situation where you slump in your chair.
- to fall, sink, or collapse, esp. suddenly or heavily
- to decline suddenly, as in value, activity, etc.
- to have a drooping posture or gait
Origin of slumpprobably from or akin to Middle Low German slumpen, to come about by accident: for Indo-European base see limp
- a sudden or sharp fall
- a decline in business activity, prices, etc.
- a drooping posture or gait
- an extended period during which a player, team, worker, etc. is below normal in performance
intransitive verbslumped, slump·ing, slumps
- To fall or sink heavily; collapse: She slumped, exhausted, onto the sofa.
- To droop, as in sitting or standing; slouch.
- a. To decline suddenly; fall off: Business slumped after the holidays.b. To perform poorly or inadequately: The team has been slumping for a month.
- a. To sink or settle, as into mud or slush.b. To slide down or spread out thickly, as mud or fresh concrete.
- The act or an instance of slumping.
- A drooping or slouching posture: read defeat in the slump of his shoulders.
- A sudden falling off or decline, as in activity, prices, or business: a stock market slump; a slump in farm prices.
- An extended period of poor performance, especially in a sport or competitive activity: a slump in a batting average.
- See grunt.
Origin of slumpProbably of Scandinavian origin Norwegian slumpa to slump
(third-person singular simple present slumps, present participle slumping, simple past and past participle slumped)
- (intransitive) To collapse heavily or helplessly.
- Exhausted, he slumped down onto the sofa.
- (intransitive) To decline or fall off in activity or performance.
- Real estate prices slumped during the recession.
- (intransitive) To slouch or droop.
- To lump; to throw together messily.
- To fall or sink suddenly through or in, when walking on a surface, as on thawing snow or ice, a bog, etc.
- A heavy or helpless collapse; a slouching or drooping posture; a period of poor activity or performance, especially an extended period.
- (Scotland, UK, dialect) A boggy place.
- (Scotland) The noise made by anything falling into a hole, or into a soft, miry place.
- (Scotland) The gross amount; the mass; the lump.