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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 Picking the best option for snow and being smart on the road can mean the difference between making it to the ski slopes without a hitch and waiting for roadside assistance in freezing temps. Eric Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Winter Car Rental Tips: What Is the Best Car Rental for Snow?," 13 Jan. 2020 But will one of them want a 42-year-old player with a high profile who might not relish a role as a temp, backup or mentor? Victor Mather, New York Times, "Tom Brady and the Patriots Have to Part Ways Someday. Is It Too Soon?," 7 Jan. 2020 Thanks to winter’s gray skies and chilly temps, you’re probably not feeling inspired to add color to your outfits right now—especially the Easter-egg pastels that are usually reserved for spring. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "How to Wear White and Pastel Dresses This Winter," 6 Dec. 2019 In addition, Detroit may also break the record low on Wednesday morning, when temps are expected to only reach 11 degrees. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "20 inches of snow is now forecast for the Thumb, 4-6" for metro Detroit," 11 Nov. 2019 Winding down: Cooler Bay Area temps are expected this week, keeping PG&E shut-offs at bay. Jason W. Lloren, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: The Great Outage of October and what lies ahead," 14 Oct. 2019 High temps are expected to dip a bit into the upper 70s and things will likely stay cool through Tuesday before warming up again ahead of the July 4th holiday. oregonlive.com, "Portland metro Sunday weather: high temps in the 80s to close out the week," 30 June 2019 Willis was a temp worker who was assigned to Birmingham Wholesale. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Birmingham murder case ends in deadlocked jury; new trial set for 2020," 22 Nov. 2019 The exceptions include construction, food services and a business category that includes temp workers. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "If that was a retail apocalypse, then where are the refugees?," 22 Nov. 2019 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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18 Jan 2020

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“Temp.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temp. Accessed 21 January 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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