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Definition of temp

 (Entry 1 of 3)


temped; temping; temps

Definition of temp (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to work as a temp

Definition of temp (Entry 3 of 3)

2 [Latin tempore] in the time of

Examples of temp in a Sentence

Noun We had to hire a temp to fill in for her.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Arrange to arrive safely at your campsite or hotel before cold temps hit at night. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Sand Sledding, Desert Flowers, and Perseid Showers: All the Beautifully Surreal Things to Do in White Sands National Park," 11 Feb. 2020 In areas where the sun makes a brief appearance, the National Weather Service says high temps should reach 50 degrees. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday weather: Areas of freezing fog, then mostly cloudy; high 50," 11 Feb. 2020 Wednesday temps could see a high near 30 and a low around 26 and a 60% chance of snow. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "January finishes in top 15 for warmest and rainiest month on record," 3 Feb. 2020 Snow, especially accumulating snow, still seems like a long shot coming off unusually mild temps. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Starting a little stretch of spring; stormier pattern by midweek," 2 Feb. 2020 Only 2016's temps beat 2019, globally, but overall: the last five years have been the warmest in the last 140 years. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "NASA: 2019 was the second warmest year on records since 1880," 16 Jan. 2020 Gentler temps could bring only a couple inches to the city, but if cold air hangs on the city could be greeted with a foot of snow. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "From 74 degrees to a foot of snow: Northeast US braces for storms after record-breaking warmth," 15 Jan. 2020 With cool temps only rising, figuring out ways to fashionably layer can become a bit complicated this season. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's What Saweetie, Michael B. Jordan And More Celebs Wore This Weekend," 13 Jan. 2020 Rick Thoman, climate specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at UAF, said temps would need to be in the 50s or 60s below zero to approach Fairbanks records on any January day. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "So negative, yet so positive: At nearly 40 below zero, Fairbanks knows how to chill," 11 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Six months after graduating from the University of Connecticut, a typical 40-hour work week for me includes a mix of temping for a local talent agency and bartending at Bowtie Cinemas. Camila Vallejo, courant.com, "Tales from the ‘side hustle generation’: Meet the Connecticut millennials working multiple jobs to pay the bills," 14 Nov. 2019 Schneider had temped all of these great songs into the picture, but hadn’t licensed any of them. Tim Greiving, Los Angeles Times, "‘Easy Rider’ at 50: How they put together that groundbreaking soundtrack," 9 Aug. 2019 DiGregorio took the bag and headed for FultonFishMarket.com’s receiving station, where the fish would be scanned, weighed, temped, assigned a bar code, and Cryovac-sealed. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, "The Last Robot-Proof Job in America?," 1 Aug. 2019 Navy and Marine Corps C-130s will continue to temp as the Blue Angels support aircraft until 2020 when the ex-RAF jet will be ready. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Blue Angels Are Getting a New 'Fat Albert'," 26 June 2019 And consider pairing it with a 1-oz serving of dark chocolate, which is sold pre-portioned—so you're not temped to over do it. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "4 Heart-Healthy Diet Changes Every Woman Should Make," 1 May 2019

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First Known Use of temp


1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1973, in the meaning defined above

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15 Feb 2020

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“Temp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temp. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of temp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who works at a place for a limited and usually short period of time : a temporary worker



English Language Learners Definition of temp (Entry 2 of 2)

: to work as a temporary worker


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Medical Definition of temp

: temperature spike a temp

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