noun (1)
bum·​per | \ ˈbəm-pər \

Definition of bumper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


bum·​per | \ ˈbəm-pər \

Definition of bumper (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : unusually large a bumper crop


noun (2)
bump·​er | \ ˈbəm-pər \

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

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Examples of bumper in a Sentence


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)

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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 in 1677

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English Language Learners Definition of bumper

: unusually large
: very good or successful


bump·​er | \ ˈbəm-pər \

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


bum·​per | \ ˈbəm-pər \

Kids Definition of bumper (Entry 2 of 2)

: larger or finer than usual a bumper crop of corn

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