Probably borrowed 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- (“curved”).
Cognate with West Frisian hompe (“lump, chunk”), Icelandic huppur (“flank”), Welsh cwm (“a hollow”), Latin incumbō (“to lie down”), Albanian sumbull (“round button, bud”), Ancient Greek κύμβη (kúmbē, “bowl”), Avestan 𐬑𐬎𐬨𐬠𐬀 (xumba, “pot”), 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 deformity in humans caused by abnormal curvature of the upper spine.
- (animals) A rounded fleshy mass, such as on a camel or zebu.
- (slang) An act of sexual intercourse.
- (Britain, slang, with definite article) A bad mood.
- get the hump, have the hump, take the hump, give someone the hump
- (slang) A painfully boorish person.
- That guy is such a hump!
- A speed hump.
- A wave that forms in front of an operating hovercraft and impedes progress at low speeds.
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- (transitive) To bend something into a hump.
- 1885, Roosevelt, Theodore, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman:
- The cattle were very uncomfortable, standing humped up in the bushes.
- (transitive, intransitive) To carry (something), especially with some exertion.
- (transitive, intransitive) To dry-hump.
- Stop humping the table, you sicko.
- (transitive, intransitive) To have sex (with).
- (US, slang, dated) To prepare for a great exertion; to put forth effort.
- (slang, dated) To vex or annoy.
- (to have sex): bang, bone, ride, shag; see also Thesaurus:copulate or Thesaurus:copulate with
- (to vex): bother, irk, rile; see also Thesaurus:annoy
- “hump” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “hump” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.