bumper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From bump +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bumper (plural bumpers)

  1. (obsolete) A drinking vessel filled to the brim.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 443:
      they now shook hands heartily, and drank bumpers of strong beer to healths which we think proper to bury in oblivion.
    • 1818, Keats, Written in the cottage where Burns was born:
      Yet can I gulp a bumper to thy name,—
      O smile among the shades, for this is fame!
    • 1859, Dickens, A tale of two cities, chapter 11
      Sydney Carton drank the punch at a great rate; drank it by bumpers, looking at his friend.
  2. (colloquial) Anything large or successful (now usually attributively).
  3. (automotive) Parts at the front and back of a vehicle which are meant to absorb the impact of a collision; fender
  4. Any mechanical device used to absorb an impact, soften a collision, or protect against impact
    • The company sells screw-on rubber bumpers and feet.
  5. Someone or something that bumps.
  6. (cricket) A bouncer.
  7. (billiards) A side wall of a pool table.
  8. (broadcasting) A short ditty or jingle used to separate a show from the advertisements.
  9. (slang, dated) A covered house at a theatre, etc., in honour of some favourite performer.

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Adjective[edit]

bumper (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) Large; filled to the bumpers at the top of a silo.
    We harvested a bumper crop of arugula and parsnips this year.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English bumper.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bumper m (plural bumpers, diminutive bumpertje n)

  1. bumper of a car