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noun \ˈbəmp\

Simple Definition of bump

  • : an area of skin that is raised because it was hit, injured, etc.

  • : a small raised area on a surface

  • : an act of something hitting against something else

Full Definition of bump

  1. 1 :  a relatively abrupt convexity or protuberance on a surface: as a :  a swelling of tissue b :  a cranial protuberance

  2. 2 a :  a sudden forceful blow, impact, or jolt b :  demotion

  3. 3 :  an act of thrusting the hips forward in an erotic manner

Examples of bump

  1. He wound up with a few minor bumps and bruises from the fight.

  2. Did you feel a bump?

Origin of bump

probably imitative of the sound of a blow

First Known Use: 1581




Simple Definition of bump

  • : to hit (something, such as part of your body) against an object in a sudden and forceful way

  • : to hit and move (someone or something)

  • : to move into or against (someone or something) in a sudden and forceful way

Full Definition of bump

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or knock with force or violence

  3. 2 :  to collide with

  4. 3 a (1) :  to dislodge with a jolt (2) :  to subject to a scalar change <rates being bumped up> b :  to oust usually by virtue of seniority or priority <was bumped from the flight>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to knock against something with a forceful jolt

  7. 2 :  to proceed in or as if in a series of bumps

  8. 3 :  to encounter something that is an obstacle or hindrance <bumped up against a chair>

bump into
  1. :  to encounter especially by chance

Examples of bump

  1. I have a bruise from where I bumped my head.

  2. Be careful not to bump the vase.

  3. You nearly bumped me off the edge!

  4. The jolt bumped him right out of his seat.

  5. They bumped into us from behind.

  6. The boat bumped against the pier.

  7. The TV show will be bumped to a new time.

  8. Increasing fuel costs are bumping the company's prices higher.

  9. The loss bumped us out of first place.


First Known Use of bump


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February 6, 2016

an official order, decree, or edict

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