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 Next came the yard crews, who fly over the hump, their equipment in tow. Washington Post, "Tubular bells mean wind-chime hell: More sounds that readers can’t stand," 20 Oct. 2020 Eventually, the Wave will get over the hump and send that message. Rod Walker, NOLA.com, "Walker: Tulane lets another opportunity to send a statement slip by in overtime loss to SMU," 16 Oct. 2020 The roster was loaded with talent — Brian McCann, Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel — but Gonzalez couldn't get them over the hump. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Fredi Gonzalez missed out on Detroit Tigers manager job once. Is second time the charm?," 10 Oct. 2020 But with seniors Austin Hayes, Drew Hadley and Cole Durbin leading the way, the Eagles (4-1) finally got over the hump with a 28-0 victory over the visiting Dragons (3-1). Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Friday Night Rewind: An emerging star at St. Xavier and a statement win for North Bullitt," 10 Oct. 2020 That’s a new world for Rick & Co., but it’s also one that heralds the end of the crisis, with humanity over the survival hump. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Still plenty of good TV out there: Captain Comics," 9 Oct. 2020 Lamar hit the practice field on Sept. 14 to begin fall camp, and the Texans have aspirations to get over the bi-district round hump and make a deep run in the playoffs. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Football: Lamar looking to get over the bi-district round hump this year," 17 Sep. 2020 Getting over the hump also requires accomplishing certain developmental milestones according to schedule. John Rosemond, chicagotribune.com, "Living with Children: The ‘hump’ of toddlerhood," 7 Oct. 2020 The pandemic pushed many of the last online-shopping holdouts over the e-commerce hump. Inti Pacheco, WSJ, "How Coronavirus Changed the Retail Landscape," 6 Oct. 2020

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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

23 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hump. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for hump

hump

noun
How to pronounce hump (audio)

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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