hump

noun
\ 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

hump

verb
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

Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Washington State would get this program over the hump and claim its first Sweet 16. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "What's at stake for UK, U of L, WKU and Morehead State in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament," 7 Apr. 2021 But to struggle, to get over the hump, and to perform to your own satisfaction and that of your teammates? Jen Tota Mcgivney, Southern Living, "Meet the Mahogany Mermaids, the Swim Club Reclaiming the Pool and Correcting the History," 5 Apr. 2021 The team went 7-for-22 on layups and, despite bringing it within five, couldn’t get over the hump, especially once Williams fouled out with 3:51 to play. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, "‘Immature’ UConn women say they underestimated Arizona in Final Four upset, and Geno Auriemma wasn’t having it," 3 Apr. 2021 Maybe the 2021-22 team can finally get the program get over the hump, but until then, there are highs and lows when looking at this season for Western Kentucky. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "A season with much success still had one missing piece for Western Kentucky basketball," 30 Mar. 2021 Fort Thomas finally made it over the hump to cut down the nets after 15 years of heartbreaking state playoff losses. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Fort Thomas routs Mogollon for its first 1A girls basketball state championship in 15 years," 16 Mar. 2021 Berens got the Raiders over the hump this season, winning the program’s first state championship. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Taliyah Wyche named Florida Dairy Farmers Class 5A Player of the Year; two coaches named coach of year," 16 Mar. 2021 On Saturday, Taft, led by head coach DeMarco Bradley Sr., got over the hump, defeating Indian Lake, 62-55, for a Division III district crown at Northmont High School in Clayton. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Top-seeded Taft pulls away from Indian Lake for Division III district championship," 7 Mar. 2021 The Dolphins may fill those needs in free agency or the draft, but need to find a standout edge rusher to put coach Brian Flores’ defense over the hump as the best in the NFL. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Deen: Watson or Tagovailoa? Here are 10 offseason tips for the Miami Dolphins | Analysis," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of hump

Noun

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1785, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for hump

Noun

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

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Last Updated

15 Apr 2021

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“Hump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hump. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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hump

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hump

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

hump

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hump (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British : to carry (something heavy)
offensive : to have sex with (someone)

hump

noun
\ 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

hump

noun
\ ˈhəmp How to pronounce hump (audio) \

Medical Definition of hump

: a rounded protuberance especially : humpback

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