\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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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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Here's to hoping other Microsoft games, future and past, can get over the UWP hump, and soon. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "My confusing, 10-day journey to getting a UWP game to work on Windows 10," 3 Oct. 2018 Among the most important tasks: building dirt humps across bulldozer scars to direct water away from the bare, dusty path. Jonathan J. Cooper, Fox News, "Firefighting mars the earth. California crews are fixing it," 15 Aug. 2018 An evening at the Metropolitan Club is sure to get New Yorkers over the hump of the week, especially when the occasion is as chic and heartwarming as The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s annual Fall Party. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Thanks to Valentino, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Annual Fall Party Was Especially Chic," 8 Nov. 2018 The trail along the rocky ridge of this heathered hump of land winds through fields of purple and yellow wildflowers toward the narrowing point. Bliss Broyard, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Took My Kids Out Of School for Three Months to Travel," 13 July 2018 Outboard passengers get plenty of legroom, headroom, and foot room, while the third victim gets a big, old hump. Scott Sturgis,, "Driving the 2018 Volvo XC60," 5 July 2018 Those affected by the syndrome can develop a fatty hump between their shoulders and a rounded face. Sarah Jane Tribble,, "How an abortion pill turned out to be a treatment for a rare disease," 8 Apr. 2018 The green has an assortment of humps and bumps but nothing to be alarmed about. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods starting to lose patience with his putter after dismal showing at U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 One-way streets with one or two lanes near schools and parks will also now be eligible for speed humps. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Glendale City Council approves more lenient speed-hump criteria," 25 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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The first known use of hump was in 1681

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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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