\ ˈhəmp How to pronounce hump (audio) \

Definition of hump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rounded protuberance: such as
b : a fleshy protuberance on the back of an animal (such as a camel, bison, or whale)
c(1) : mound, hummock
(2) : mountain, range the Himalayan hump
2 British : a fit of depression or sulking
3 : a difficult, trying, or critical phase or obstacle often used in the phrase over the hump


humped; humping; humps

Definition of hump (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 usually vulgar : to copulate with
2 : to exert (oneself) vigorously
3 : to make humpbacked : hunch
4 chiefly British : to put or carry on the back : lug also : transport

intransitive verb

1 : to exert oneself : hustle
2 : to move swiftly : race

Other Words from hump


humped \ ˈhəm(p)t How to pronounce hump (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hump in a Sentence

Noun failing her A-levels has certainly given her the hump a cloud-capped hump straddles the border separating the two countries Verb the farmers had to really hump to get the harvest in before the rains the boat was really humping before the motor started to sputter all of a sudden
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Cueto signing continued the trend of relatively inexpensive additions, and could prove to be the one that gets the White Sox over the hump. Phil Rogers, Forbes, 17 May 2022 To get the Bruins over the hump, Canada, then a senior, scored 20 of her team-high 22 points in the second half against Texas and added eight assists and five steals. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 Yet despite a newfound optimism, the travel sector isn't entirely over the hump. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 9 May 2022 Getting folks to try virtual clothing on in a physical setting may also serve to get skeptics over the hump in exploring this new technology. Roxanne Robinson, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Louisville worked the lead back to single digits a few times, but the Cardinals could never get over the hump to threaten South Carolina. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 2 Apr. 2022 Because, again, there was already a lot of stress on our hospital system from the second hump of the Delta surge. Globe Staff,, 20 Dec. 2021 The Rams need to get over the mental hump of beating San Francisco. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 And that gets me over the hump of that fear of vulnerability. Craig Dowden, Forbes, 8 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hump


1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1785, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hump


akin to Middle Low German hump bump, Dutch homp lump, chunk, Frisian homp, himp

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21 May 2022

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“Hump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈhəmp How to pronounce hump (audio) \

Kids Definition of hump

1 : a rounded bulge or lump (as on the back of a camel)
2 : a difficult part (as of a task) With that done, we're over the hump.

Other Words from hump

humped \ ˈhəmpt \ adjective


\ ˈhəmp How to pronounce hump (audio) \

Medical Definition of hump

: a rounded protuberance especially : humpback

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