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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

Our planet is freezing, record low temps,and our GW scientists are stuck in ice. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Treespond Aims to Plant a Tree When Trump Says Something False About Climate Change," 29 July 2018 The easy money officially ends Wednesday, as interest rates, much like summer temps, heat up once again. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How to plan for next round of Fed interest rate hikes," 9 June 2018 And he's done it with mostly holdovers from the Gary Henderson era while yielding tremendous weather and recruiting advantages to conference foes with warmer temps, castles for ballparks and condos for locker rooms. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky can't lose Nick Mingione to Mississippi State (or anywhere)," 17 May 2018 That just means that it can be heated to 350 degrees -- the ideal frying temp -- without burning. Ann Maloney, NOLA.com, "Fry chicken at home, or buy it at restaurants? That is the question," 17 Apr. 2018 Say goodbye to dry skin If your skin is still recovering from cold temps, create your own skin-care products at the Muskego Health & Wellness Center, S69W15689 W. Janesville Road, April 19. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Discover antiques and art in Waukesha April 20-22," 16 Apr. 2018 Expect clouds and 'roller coaster' temps this week Temperatures could rise up to 80 degrees, the weather service said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Dense fog advisory spreads inland," 15 Feb. 2018 High temps — anything above 90 degrees — spur inflammation and free radicals (oxygen molecules that mess with normal cell function), kicking pigment-making melanocyte cells into overdrive. Krista Bennett Demaio, Cosmopolitan, "9 Beauty Fails That Mess With Your Skin (and How to Fix Them)," 2 Jan. 2015 During sleep, your core temp is reduced by 1 to 2°F, as a way to conserve energy. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Studies Show Sleeping in a Cold Room is Actually Better for Your Health," 19 Mar. 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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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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