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The Definition of - hump (verb)

    noun
    1.
    a rounded protuberance, especially a fleshy protuberance on the back, as that due to abnormal curvature of the spine in humans, or that normally present in certain animals, as the camel or bison.
    2.
    Physical Geography.
    1. a low, rounded rise of ground; hummock.
    2. a mountain or mountain range.
    3.
    Railroads. (in a switchyard) a raised area down which cars pushed to its crest roll by gravity and momentum for automatic sorting through a series of preset switches.
    4.
    Slang: Vulgar.
    1. an act or instance of coitus.
    2. a partner in coitus.
    5.
    the hump.
    1. British Slang. a fit of depression or bad humor:
      to get the hump.
    2. (initial capital letter) (in World War II) the Himalayas.
    verb (used with object)
    6.
    to raise (the back) in a hump; hunch:
    The cat humped its back.
    7.
    Railroads. to sort (cars) by means of a hump.
    8.
    Informal. to exert (oneself) in a great effort.
    9.
    Slang: Vulgar. to have sexual intercourse with.
    10.
    Slang.
    1. to place or bear on the back or shoulder.
    2. to carry or haul.
    3. to load or unload; lift.
    verb (used without object)
    11.
    to rise in a hump.
    12.
    Informal. to exert oneself; hustle or hurry.
    13.
    Slang: Vulgar. to engage in sexual intercourse.
    Idioms
    14.
    over the hump, past the most difficult, time-consuming, or dangerous part or period:
    The doctor says she's over the hump now and should improve steadily.

Word Example of - hump

    Example Sentences for hump

    “Luncheon” is an extended form of “lunch” (another form of “lump,” as “hunch” is of “hump”).

    The hump is an immemorial sign of the French badin-ès-farces.

    I'm goin' over thar ter Hump Doane's house—an' reason with them hotheads.

    It is just as wonderful whether it is one hump or two humps.

    I declare that the hump seemed the one normal thing about it.

    He had lost his hump, and they easily persuaded him to come with them.

    The hump at first is scarcely noticeable, but develops rapidly.

    On the back of the neck there is a hump or swelling, which seems confined to this variety.

    If one of them rigs up so she has a hump on her back like a camel, all the others break their necks fixing up humps.

    He turned his back and reached over his shoulder to his hump.

Word Origin & History of - hump

    Word Origin & History

    hump 1680s (in hump-backed), from Du. homp "lump," from M.L.G. hump "bump," from P.Gmc. *khump-. Replaced, or perhaps influenced by, O.E. crump. A meaning attested from 1901 is "mound in a railway yard over which cars must be pushed," which may be behind the figurative sense of "critical point of an undertaking" (1914). The verb meaning "to do the sex act with" is attested from 1785, but the source of this indicates it is an older word. Humpback whale is from 1725.

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