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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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With groups picnicking in the shade and DJs spinning rump-shaking house music, the atmosphere was somewhere between a backyard barbecue and a nightclub. Los Angeles Times, "Black voters to 2020 Democrats: Don’t take us for granted," 3 Sep. 2019 The New York Times reported that a fter the announcement of the deal, a T rump advisor called officials from Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors to the White House to urge them to support the president’s emissions policy. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Newsom calls Trump’s effort to scuttle California’s auto emission standards ‘pathetic’," 20 Aug. 2019 The Holkham estate sits in the middle of the north Norfolk coast, a bulging rump of fields and marshes on the North Sea. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "How Rumors of a Feud Between Kate Middleton and Rose Cholmondeley Captivated a Posh Corner of Britain," 5 Aug. 2019 Even the faith’s rump formulation, postmodernism, wilts. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Harald Szeemann’s Revolutionary Curating," 15 July 2019 What's more, HarperCollins said rump's tariffs are unlikely to encourage domestic printers to resume investing in this area. Matt Egan, CNN, "The Bible could be a victim in Trump's trade war," 9 July 2019 Over the years, Congress has culled some breaks and made some permanent—leaving a rump collection, each with its own constituency and just enough clout as a group to continue. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "House Democrats Unveil Tax-Break Extensions," 18 June 2019 Competition for mates is fierce, and mostly won by the biggest and brightest: Male snouts, genitals and rumps are radiant hues of red, blue and purple. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "A Primer to Our Planet of Monkeys," 12 June 2019 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

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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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