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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

In the aforementioned photo, Paltrow's complexion is clear, even, and glowy, with just a mild hint of Rudolph red on her nose from the assumably frigid temps. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Gwyneth Paltrow Just Posted a Makeup-Free Selfie Après Ski, and She’s Glowing," 27 Mar. 2019 Putting them under a roof – even one with open-air sightlines – with temps in the 40s or 50s, isn’t quite the experience these events purport. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Outdoor NHL game in Seattle? As good a chance as the new team being named ‘Kraken’," 14 Jan. 2019 Fumée, chaleur, eau... nous verrons si nos courageuses abeilles sont encore parmi nous dès que nous aurons accès à l'emplacement, ce qui risque de prendre beaucoup de temps. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Bees Kept on Notre-Dame's Roof Survived the Fire," 19 Apr. 2019 When temps drop in the evening open the house up again. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Frozen clothes, damp swimsuits — and a house hoser: How Seattle’s un-air-conditioned stay cool," 23 July 2018 There will be a chance of thunderstorms and showers Monday night between midnight and 5 a.m., and temps will drop to a low of around 72. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "First extreme heat of the season arrives," 18 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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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


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Medical Definition of temp

: temperature spike a temp

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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