\ 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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humped \ ˈhəm(p)t How to pronounce humped (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 As crews dredged rubble from the seafloor following 15 explosions of a rock hump, an old anchor was unearthed. Author: Sam Allen, Anchorage Daily News, "Dredging near Ketchikan reveals big anchor that could be a century old," 10 Feb. 2020 The celebration, Campbell explained, wasn’t just about the win but getting over a hump the Jags had yet to do this season. Mark Heim |, al, "Watch South Alabama’s Steve Campbell dance in locker room after win: ‘I was feeling no pain’," 2 Dec. 2019 There was a little hump, and that’s when the gas can went over. Rachel Desantis,, "Man Hailed as Hero After Pulling Driver from Burning Car: 'Everything Happened So Fast'," 21 Nov. 2019 Dual camera lenses, at last The Pixel 4 is taking a page from the iPhone 11’s design with a rotund backside hump that's home to not one, but two camera lenses. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Google Pixel 4: The 5 things you really need to know," 15 Oct. 2019 The occasional red city bus rolled by with a camel hump of hydrogen for fuel. Somini Sengupta, New York Times, "Britain, Struggling With Brexit, Eyes Another Retreat. This One’s From Fossil Fuels.," 3 Oct. 2019 Recapture of what was Germany in 1914 was the first objective: Danzig, the Corridor, and a hump of Upper Silesia. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "The Invasion of Poland Wasn't Hitler's First Aggression. Here's Why That Move Marked the Beginning of WWII," 30 Aug. 2019 The middle seat suffered from a large hump and short seat bottom. Scott Sturgis,, "Jeep Cherokee offers rugged, old style in a small SUV," 15 Mar. 2018 In the past three years, legislatures in Nevada, Illinois, and now Virginia appear to have pushed the ERA over the hump. CBS News, "Equal Rights Amendment supporters celebrate victory in Virginia — but still face opposition," 16 Jan. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Hump.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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



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

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


\ 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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