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 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

From Lewis Smith the upper tributary rivers are muddy, slowing the bite on largemouths, but downlake areas are relatively clear and spotted bass and stripers are biting well on points, humps and ledges. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 16 Feb. 2018 The flat path lined with desert grass and wildflowers eventually gives way to a mottled beach, then hilly humps, and finally a 650-foot mountain of shifting sand that is soft, deep, and difficult to climb. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Last month, Disney re-released the movie with additional footage to get it over the hump. Oliver Gettell, EW.com, "Avengers: Endgame dethrones Avatar as highest-grossing film in history," 21 July 2019 Purcell was prescribed anti-depressants, which helped him get over the hump to start building a new life in Melbourne. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Wave Racer Blew Up, Then Disappeared. Now, He Breaks His Silence: 'It Came Down to Feelings of Intense Anxiety'," 30 July 2019 Kingwood hasn’t made it to the area round since 2013 and want to get over the hump this season. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Humble ISD Volleyball preview: K-Park looks to defend its state championship," 24 July 2019 Again, that is relatively hump change for the Warriors. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "After first day of NBA free agency, Warriors thinking ahead to 2020-221 season," 1 July 2019 In the distance two small island humps rose from the ocean like a scene from South Pacific. Stacy Torres, Longreads, "How I Became ‘Rich’," 20 June 2019 The bass should be gathering around offshore humps and bumps, channel bends and points. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "Lake Erie walleye fishing still rockin’ from Toledo to Conneaut: June 28 Fishing Report," 28 June 2019

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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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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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