bumper

noun (1)
bum·​per | \ ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio) \

Definition of bumper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a brimming cup or glass
2 : something unusually large

bumper

adjective
bum·​per | \ ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio) \

Definition of bumper (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : unusually large a bumper crop

bumper

noun (2)
bump·​er | \ ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio) \

Definition of bumper (Entry 3 of 3)

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

First Known Use of bumper

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

History and Etymology for bumper

Noun (1)

probably from bump to bulge

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The first known use of bumper was circa 1670

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“Bumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bumper. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bumper

bumper

noun
bump·​er | \ ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio) \

Kids Definition of bumper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bar across the front or back of a motor vehicle intended to lessen shock or damage from collision

bumper

adjective
bum·​per | \ ˈbəm-pər How to pronounce bumper (audio) \

Kids Definition of bumper (Entry 2 of 2)

: larger or finer than usual a bumper crop of corn

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