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hump

noun \ ˈhəmp \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of hump

1 :a rounded protuberance: such as
a :humpback 1
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

play \ˈhəm(p)t\ adjective

Examples of hump in a Sentence

  1. failing her A-levels has certainly given her the hump

  2. a cloud-capped hump straddles the border separating the two countries

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Origin and Etymology of hump

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


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hump

verb

Definition of hump

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

Examples of hump in a Sentence

  1. the farmers had to really hump to get the harvest in before the rains

  2. the boat was really humping before the motor started to sputter all of a sudden

hump Synonyms

Synonyms
bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, endeavor, fag, grub, labor, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, sweat, toil, travail, tug, work
Antonyms
crawl, creep, poke
Related Words
apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wade
Near Antonyms
break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle


HUMP Defined for Kids

hump

noun \ ˈhəmp \

Definition of hump for Students

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.

humped

\ˈhəmpt\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

hump

noun \ ˈhəmp \

medical Definition of hump

:a rounded protuberance; especially :humpback


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