\ˈhəmp \

Definition of hump 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a rounded protuberance: such as

a : humpback sense 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; 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 \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There’s the usual whiplash effects that one gets plus the visual of the train slinking along, especially on the humps. Dewayne Bevil,, "What we didn't tell you about Disney's Toy Story Land," 5 July 2018 With a new season, there is renewed hope for schools that either struggled or couldn't get over that last hump to make the state playoffs last season. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arizona high school football teams that could surprise in 2018," 22 June 2018 Distinguished by their pair of humps as opposed to the more common single humped camel, the Bactrian camel faces an existential threat. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "The Toledo Zoo's newest resident is an adorable baby camel," 22 June 2018 The low transmission-tunnel hump allows useable footroom for the slim center seat. Mark Maynard,, "2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Forever young," 22 June 2018 Games to Watch Friday, Central Catholic at Chelmsford, 6:30 p.m. — Central (9-3) has been trying to get over the hump with a win over an elite team. Ryan Hathaway,, "Falmouth, Falmouth Academy get late-season wake-up calls," 9 May 2018 White Perch – fair using worms on humps and ledges in 6-9 feet of water. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Catfish action picking up in Kansas, Missouri lakes," 11 July 2018 Lake Livingston — White-bass action is good over humps and points on spoons. Bink Grimes, Houston Chronicle, "Outdoors report: April 29," 28 Apr. 2018 Those humps, usually topping out 10 to 12 feet below the surface, attract hordes of big bluegills. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "June spawn signals peak in Texas sunfish action," 3 June 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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Phrases Related to hump

over the hump

the hump

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\ˈhəmp \

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 \

Medical Definition of hump 

: a rounded protuberance especially : humpback

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