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1hump

noun \ˈhəmp\

Definition of HUMP

1
:  a rounded protuberance: as
a :  humpback 1
b :  a fleshy protuberance on the back of an animal (as a camel, bison, or whale)
c (1) :  mound, hummock
(2) :  mountain, range <the Himalayan hump>
2
British :  a fit of depression or sulking
3
:  a difficult, trying, or critical phase or obstacle —often used in the phrase over the hump
humped adjective

Examples of HUMP

  1. <failing her A-levels has certainly given her the hump>
  2. <a cloud-capped hump straddles the border separating the two countries>

Origin of HUMP

akin to Middle Low German hump bump, Dutch homp lump, chunk, Frisian homp, himp
First Known Use: 1681

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

2hump

verb

Definition of HUMP

transitive verb
1
often vulgar :  to copulate with
2
:  to exert (oneself) vigorously
3
:  to make humpbacked :  hunch
4
chiefly British :  to put or carry on the back :  lug; also :  transport
intransitive verb
1
:  to exert oneself :  hustle
2
:  to move swiftly :  race

Examples of HUMP

  1. <the farmers had to really hump to get the harvest in before the rains>
  2. <the boat was really humping before the motor started to sputter all of a sudden>

First Known Use of HUMP

circa 1785
HUMPING Defined for Kids

hump

noun \ˈhəmp\

Definition of HUMP for Kids

1
:  a rounded bulge or lump (as on the back of a camel)
2
:  a difficult part (as of a task) <With that done, we're over the hump.>
humped \ˈhəmpt\ adjective
Medical Dictionary

hump

noun \ˈhəmp\

Medical Definition of HUMP

:  a rounded protuberance; especially :  humpback

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