temp

noun
\ˈtemp \

Definition of temp 

(Entry 1 of 3)

2 : a temporary worker

temp

verb
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

The high temps could even make your already hot peppers hotter, said Paravola. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Excessive heat watch upgraded to warning: 'dangerously hot temperatures' in Chicago area," 29 June 2018 Because of the storms, highs will be much cooler, with temps reaching the low 80s at Kansas City International Airport. Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "Heavy rains, flooding possible as rounds of thunderstorms sweep through KC area," 20 June 2018 Once the track temp goes down, the grip really comes up. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Scott Dixon turns in dominant showing at Texas Motor Speedway; that's hardly 'boring'," 9 June 2018 School is officially out throughout South Florida, and summer temps have arrived with the break. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: cartoons, Wizard of Oz," 6 June 2018 More: Detroit's far-reaching strategy to fill its schools More: Detroit schools closing early for 3rd day amid hot weather Teachers tell him that students are often more lethargic and more irritable when the temps creep up. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Too hot to learn? New research links hot temps to academic struggles," 31 May 2018 Early morning clouds and patchy drizzle will give way to mostly sunny skies later in the afternoon on Thursday and warming temps to 70 degrees. Rosemarie Stein | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland metro Thursday weather: Morning clouds give way to afternoon sun; high of 70," 17 May 2018 Lindy’s is getting by with about 20 local workers, many of whom are putting in overtime to help increase production, and Vincent called in a temp agency that recently provided two more laborers. Scott Dance, baltimoresun.com, "Many Maryland crab houses expect to go without immigrant workers this summer after again losing visa lottery," 18 June 2018 Lindy’s is getting by with about 20 local workers, many of whom are putting in overtime to help increase production, and Vincent called in a temp agency that recently provided two more laborers. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "Many Maryland crab houses expect to go without immigrant workers this summer after again losing visa lottery," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of temp

Noun

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1973, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of temp was in 1850

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temp

noun

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

temp

verb

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

: to work as a temporary worker

temp

noun
\ˈtemp \

Medical Definition of temp 

: temperature spike a temp

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