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hump

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noun \ˈhəmp\

Definition of hump

  1. 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. 2 British :  a fit of depression or sulking

  3. 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


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hump

verb

Definition of hump

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 often vulgar :  to copulate with

  3. 2 :  to exert (oneself) vigorously

  4. 3 :  to make humpbacked :  hunch

  5. 4 chiefly British :  to put or carry on the back :  lug; also :  transport

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to exert oneself :  hustle

  8. 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>



Circa 1785

First Known Use of hump

circa 1785


Medical Dictionary

hump

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noun \ˈhəmp\

Medical Definition of hump

  1. :  a rounded protuberance; especially :  humpback






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