\ 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 hump (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 Nebraska has played both Oklahoma and Michigan State close on the road, but haven't been able to get over the hump. USA TODAY, 7 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile keep your powder dry, ready for any cut-price deal materialising that could help the team get over the hump. Patrick Murray, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 The Brewers have flirted with no-hitters in the past – including a few close calls this season – but hadn't been able to get over the hump until Saturday night at Progressive Field. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2021 His hump comes in the postseason by finally getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Stephen Means, cleveland, 11 May 2021 The Fuel still has to get over their culture hump, even if there’s a new crew in town. Sean Collins, Dallas News, 29 Oct. 2020 But can the Eagles get over the hump in a tough district that also includes Trinity and Ballard? Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 15 Aug. 2021 Senate Democrats had to get Republicans over the hump first with at least 60 votes for infrastructure to overcome a filibuster., 14 Aug. 2021 Those three helped the Bucs get over the hump and win the Super Bowl in the 2002 season. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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12 Oct 2021

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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)

: to carry (something heavy)
: 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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