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Definition of rump

1a : the upper rounded part of the hindquarters of a quadruped mammal
b : buttocks
c : the sacral or dorsal part of the posterior end of a bird
2 : a cut of meat (such as beef) between the loin and round — see beef illustration
3 : a small or inferior remnant or offshoot especially : a group (such as a parliament) carrying on in the name of the original body after the departure or expulsion of a large number of its members

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Examples of rump in a Sentence

I slipped and fell on my rump. she plopped down on her rump to listen to the campfire story

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These monkeys are bulk feeders, sliding on their rumps during the day, grunting and squeaking and ripping out herbs and stalks of festuca grass. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "These tough-looking monkeys eke out a living at 11,000 feet," 28 Mar. 2019 The danger is that public transport could become a rump service, ever less popular and ever less good, partly because of its unpopularity. The Economist, "How to stop the decline of public transport in rich countries," 23 June 2018 Yet a rump of politicians fixated on those abstract ills now are driving Brexit politics—to disastrous effect. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Britain Risks Death by a Thousand Elections," 21 Nov. 2018 With McCain, Jeff Flake and Bob Corker now out of the Senate, the anti-Trump rump in the GOP caucus is much diminished in both number and influence. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Chuck Schumer, Foiled Again," 12 Nov. 2018 Syria’s Kurds, who formed their own militia and local administration after government forces pulled out of Syria’s northeast, have relied on U.S. stewardship to form a rump state in territories east of the Euphrates River. Nabih Bulos,, "As a government offensive bears down on them, Syrian rebels expect no help from onetime ally U.S.," 5 July 2018 One of the crew jerks a lever, releasing the first in a line of 3-month-old calves, standing rump to face in the confines of the metal chute. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 For innovative products that provide help in challenging situations, consider a new spin on tablet cases, a mat that’s got your back (and feet and rump), an antidote to sun glare and a collapsible rack that turns any door into extra hanging space. Judi Dash,, "This gear makes your world go round, flat, darker and spacier," 2 July 2018 At the point on the map where Goofy’s foot contacts Donald Duck’s rump, the district is precisely as wide as the Brandywine Hospital. Trip Gabriel, New York Times, "In a Comically Drawn Pennsylvania District, the Voters Are Not Amused," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of rump

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rump

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish rumpe rump; akin to Middle High German rumph torso

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English Language Learners Definition of rump

: the back part of an animal's body where the thighs join the hips
: a piece of meat that comes from the rump of a cow
humorous : the part of the body you sit on


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Kids Definition of rump

1 : the back part of an animal's body where the hips and thighs join
2 : a cut of beef between the loin and the round


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Medical Definition of rump

1 : the upper rounded part of the hindquarters of a quadruped mammal
2 : the seat of the body : buttocks

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