\ˈtemp \

Definition of temp 

(Entry 1 of 3)

2 : a temporary worker


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


We had to hire a temp to fill in for her.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fall, winter, and early spring find mild and pleasant temps, while summer is blazingly hot. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hanoi, Time and Again," 20 Nov. 2018 This morning's chilly New York City temps screamed one thing loud and clear to me: Winter is coming. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The One Thing You Should Always Do To Your Driveway Before Winter Hits," 18 Oct. 2018 Cooler temps will invigorate people and get them outside to take in the fresh air before the cold of winter. Fox News, "The best season for garage sales," 25 Sep. 2018 At least not this week, when toasty temps in the high 80s and low 90s inspired me to look for city fountains that add a refreshing note to the concrete jungle. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "Fountains give a splash of relief from Seattle’s hot weather," 10 Aug. 2018 Drugs exposed to temps far outside the range can loose potency. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "ALERT: Leaving Your Birth Control Pills in Your Car Could Get You Pregnant," 27 July 2018 On the left is the original photo with a blue color temp. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "First impressions of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro," 13 July 2018 Kathryn Wirsing Lewin started as a temp in the purchasing department 25 years ago, suggesting that the companies' opportunities for career growth are impressive. Polina Meshkova, Marie Claire, "Four Women Changing the Movie Industry Take the Stage at Marie Claire's Power Trip," 17 Oct. 2018 To understand not just the fall of that older model of the workplace, but also the rise of what came next — consultants and temp workers and undocumented migrants — and how those were all pretty central to the remaking of capitalism since 1970. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Silicon Valley has been treating workers ‘miserably’ since the 1970s," 29 Aug. 2018

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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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The first known use of temp was in 1850

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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


\ˈtemp \

Medical Definition of temp 

: temperature spike a temp

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