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As a verb "tump" and "tump over" are onamonapidic. Southern US usage would never say, as one online dictionary uses as example, "tump over a glass of beer." Beer glasses do not make a "tump" sound. A bucket of nails might tump over, a cardboard box of clothing might tump over, but a telephone pole, a beer glass and a piece of sheet-metal would never be able to tump over.

Also, as a southerner, I believe that anything which tumps over does so from a short distance-- as in only short items tump. —This comment was unsigned.

Thanks. We will have to check out usage. MWOnline says the origin is not onomatapoeia, but possible UK dialect tumpoke. DCDuring TALK 19:15, 8 April 2010 (UTC)


It is felt by Professor Skeat that the Welsh TWMP is borrowed from English; but the term could have been carried through (in a limited and, perhaps, provincial manner in speech only) from Celtic, so that Welsh TWM is cognate with TUMP. 10:29, 25 February 2016 (UTC)Andrew