Probably from Dutch homp (“hump, lump”) or Middle Low German hump (“heap, hill, stump”), from Old Saxon *hump (“hill, heap, thick piece”), from Proto-Germanic *humpaz (“hip, height”), from Proto-Indo-European *kumb-, *kumbʰ- (“curved”).
Cognate with West Frisian hompe (“lump, chunk”), Icelandic huppur (“flank”), Welsh cwm (“a hollow”), Latin incumbō, Albanian sumbull (“round button, bud”), Ancient Greek κύμβη (kýmbē, “bowl”), Avestan [script?] (xumba, “pot”) [script?], Sanskrit कुम्ब (kúmba, “thick end of bone”)). Replaced, and perhaps influenced by, Old English crump (“crooked, bent”). More at cramp.
hump (plural humps)
- A mound of earth.
- A rounded mass, especially a fleshy mass such as on a camel.
- A speed hump.
- (Discuss(+) this sense) A deformity in humans caused by abnormal curvature of the upper spine.
- (slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
- (UK, slang) A bad mood.
- get the hump, have the hump, take the hump.
- (slang) A painfully boorish person.
- That guy is such a hump!
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- (transitive) To bend something into a hump.
- (transitive, slang) To carry something, especially with some exertion.
- (intransitive, slang) To carry, especially with some exertion.
- (transitive, intransitive) To dry-hump.
- (transitive, slang) To have sex with.
- (intransitive, slang) To have sex.