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bump

noun \ ˈbəmp \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of bump

1 : a relatively abrupt convexity or protuberance on a surface: such as
a : a swelling of tissue
b : a cranial protuberance
2 a : a sudden forceful blow, impact, or jolt
b : demotion
3 : an act of thrusting the hips forward in an erotic manner

Examples of bump in a Sentence

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

  2. Did you feel a bump?

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Origin and Etymology of bump

probably imitative of the sound of a blow

bump Synonyms


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bump

verb

Definition of bump

transitive verb
1 : to strike or knock with force or violence
2 : to collide with
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
intransitive verb
1 : to knock against something with a forceful jolt
2 : to proceed in or as if in a series of bumps
3 : to encounter something that is an obstacle or hindrance
  • bumped up against a chair
bump into
: to encounter especially by chance

Examples of bump in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of bump

1581



BUMP Defined for English Language Learners

bump

noun

Definition of bump for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bump

verb

Definition of bump for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BUMP Defined for Kids

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bump

noun \ ˈbəmp \

Definition of bump for Students

1 : a rounded swelling of flesh as from an injury
2 : a small raised area on a surface
3 : a sudden heavy impact or jolt

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bump

verb

Definition of bump for Students

bumped; bumping
1 : to strike or knock against something
  • Open your eyes before you bump into something.
2 : to move along unevenly : jolt The car bumped over the dirt road.


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