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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web When perched, folded wings often hide the yellow rump patch, but there are other identifying marks, including bright yellow patches on the throat and just below the wings on their flanks. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 There’s a discrete golden bow on its rump that’s pretty understated for a regal steed. Dewayne Bevil,, 3 Nov. 2021 Then, in the middle of the bald spot, its rump began to glow, washing its hindquarters in pale blue light. Angus Chen Reprints, STAT, 26 Oct. 2021 Holmes was brutishly walloping a raw ham rump with a cricket bat, to test a theory about the bruising of flesh in homicidal attacks. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed in a bipartisan manner, as the leadership and ideological center of each party in Congress united against a recalcitrant rump group of Southern segregationist Democrats. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 29 June 2021 Breaching the surface was the small white rump of a bianchetto truffle. Andrew Kornylak, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2021 There’s that Nathan Mensah, the 6-10 royal rump pain patrolling the paint. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 And the severe width of its rump must be respected. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, 21 Jan. 2021

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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
: the part of the body you sit on : bottom


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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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