tump

1 of 2

noun

1
dialectal, chiefly England : mound, hummock
2
: a clump of vegetation

tump

2 of 2

verb

tumped; tumping; tumps

intransitive verb

chiefly Southern US : to tip or turn over especially accidentally
usually used with over
sooner or later everybody tumps over. Nothing to worry about if you don't get caught under the canoeDon Kennard

transitive verb

chiefly Southern US : to cause to tip over : overturn, upset
usually used with over

Examples of tump in a Sentence

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Noun
Like the word tump, which is like a Southern secret password. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

Verb

perhaps akin to British dialect tumpoke to fall head over heels

First Known Use

Noun

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1967, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of tump was in 1589

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“Tump.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tump. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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