bumper

1 of 3

noun (1)

bum·​per ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio)
1
: a brimming cup or glass
2
: something unusually large

bumper

2 of 3

adjective

bum·​per ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio)
1
: unusually large
a bumper crop
2

bumper

3 of 3

noun (2)

bump·​er ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio)
1
: a device for absorbing shock or preventing damage (as in collision)
specifically : a bar at either end of an automobile
2
: one that bumps
3
: a brief interval on radio or television filled with music, video shots, or voice-overs that marks a break between a program and a commercial

Examples of bumper in a Sentence

Adjective We had a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. it's been a bumper year for movies aimed at intelligent adults
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
According to charging documents, a blood spot the size of a basketball was discovered in the Challenger's trunk, and blood was also found on the car's rear bumper. Madeline Nguyen, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2024 In London, homegrown British brand Burberry, which also warned of lower profits in January, sank as much as 6% Following a bumper few years in the wake of the pandemic, luxury goods companies are now contending with weaker demand in one of their biggest markets: China. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 20 Mar. 2024 Melissa presented the pièce de résistance, sideswiping a wall in a downtown parking garage after work, smashing the bumper and a front fender. Maria Garriott, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Mar. 2024 The new radiator grille features four horizontal louvres, the front and rear bumpers have been redesigned, the A-pillar has new cladding, and the front of the roof is now outfitted with a lip spoiler. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2024 Whereas XPeng cars have two lidar units mounted in the front bumper, both Li and Nio mount a single unit above the windscreen. Mark Andrews, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2024 Cheap cash, as well as the proliferation of smartphones and plentiful cloud storage, allowed many tech start-ups to flourish, producing bumper returns for investors who bet on those companies over the last 15 years. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Video game junkies can get their fix in the ginormous arcade and those who love the water can hit the pool on a bumper boats ride. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The teal and silver stroller looks like a normal carrier at the front, but the back sports taillights and a bumper, taking inspiration from a vintage car. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

probably from bump to bulge

First Known Use

Noun (1)

circa 1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bumper was circa 1670

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Cite this Entry

“Bumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumper. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

bumper

1 of 2 adjective
bum·​per ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio)
: unusually large or fine
a bumper crop

bumper

2 of 2 noun
bump·​er
ˈbəm-pər
: a device for absorbing shock or preventing damage (as in collision)
especially : a bar at the front or back of a motor vehicle

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