\ 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

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Other Words from hump


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

Examples of hump in a Sentence


failing her A-levels has certainly given her the hump a cloud-capped hump straddles the border separating the two countries


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
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But Lawrence finally feels he’s over the hump in transitioning to life after football. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "He’s seen 11 surgeons, is 27 ‘but feels 47.’ Still, this former Cowboy wouldn’t change a thing," 13 July 2018 Very thin and has a sort of hump in his back that affects posture. Ben Ladner,, "Nets Select Dzanan Musa With No. 29 Pick in 2018 NBA Draft," 21 June 2018 Most anglers head to the humps in search of blackfin tunas, which are around most of the year. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "Fishing for blackfin tunas? Here is a great and fun place in the Florida Keys to do that," 14 June 2018 While the Caps finally climbed over the hump in the Eastern Conference, the Golden Knights have been bulldozing every logical obstacle in their path since October. Greg Beacham,, "Capitals, Golden Knights in improbable Stanley Cup Final," 27 May 2018 But True or Poo? covers a larger range of subjects, from the fact that flatworms fight each other with their genitalia (true) to the myth that camels store water in their humps (poo). Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Flatworms fence with their penises and other gross science facts," 21 Oct. 2018 The Rockets were tantalizingly close to a trip to the NBA Finals this spring, and Paul's coming back to get over that hump. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "AP source: Kevin Durant will sign 2-year deal with Warriors," 1 July 2018 Rookie RB Derrius Guice brings an additional layer to the Washington offense which could help the team get over that elusive postseason hump. Ben Baskin,, "Can Alex Smith Turn Around Washington’s Misfortunes? Players, Coaches and Fans Are Hopeful," 14 June 2018 Residents say the county should prohibit large truck traffic on North Street and put up stop signs and speed humps to slow down traffic. Martin E. Comas,, "Seminole residents frustrated by fast cars and big trucks rumbling through neighborhood," 24 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hump

: a raised, rounded part of a road
: a lump on the back of an animal (such as a camel)
: a lump on the back of a person whose spine is curved in an abnormal way


\ 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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