\ 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

The temps may have been low on set, but Jennifer’s career with the NYPD is clearly on fire. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Former 'Blue Bloods' and 'NCIS' Star Jennifer Esposito Is Joining 'Law & Order: SVU'," 24 Jan. 2019 Water temps around 60 to mid-60s, with 2-to-4-foot waves. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Sunny Friday ahead of a muggier holiday weekend with scattered showers and storms possible," 25 May 2018 Learn These Cold Truths Never put dairy or eggs in the refrigerator door, where temps are highest. Good Housekeeping, "Rethink Your Food Storage," 10 Jan. 2011 As the weather drops to even colder temps, this jacket looks amazing with a pair of jeans and a turtleneck or over a dress and tights. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Topshop’s Borg Teddy Jackets Are Selling Out Fast," 2 Oct. 2018 The Mets are about to enter a fateful month in which someone — the owner, or an office temp, perhaps — must decide how much of this team to dismantle before the trade deadline. Michael Powell, New York Times, "The Mets Are Deeply, Thoroughly Broken," 27 June 2018 In the others, only spaces such as the office, computer labs and libraries — places with technology that needs cooler temps — are air-conditioned. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Too hot to learn? New research links hot temps to academic struggles," 31 May 2018 Look for a return to warming temps in a couple of days, and some of the best big water walleye fishing of the spring. cleveland.com, "Fishing Report for May 11: Western Lake Erie walleye fishing drawing crowds," 11 May 2018 Since some species of foram thrive in warm waters while others prefer cooler temps, researchers can use foram species as a rough thermometer for past ocean temperature. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ocean Current That Keeps Europe Warm Is Weakening," 13 Apr. 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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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